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  1. Rejoice and Be Merry – This Evening!

    Hear how composers from across four centuries have celebrated Christmas in choral music and get to sing some traditional carols with the Joyful Company of Singers, in cocert at St Mary’s – Twickenham’s historic parish church.

    As well as leading the audience in some ‘Carols for Choirs’ favourites, the JCS will be singing seasonal music from past masters such as Byrd, Sweelinck, Victoria, Mendelssohn, Poulenc, Vaughan Williams and Warlock, plus recent settings by Campkin, Beamish, Carter, Crawford, Wheeler, Stewart and Chilcott.

    There will be refreshments available too!

    Saturday 8th December at 7.30pm – St Mary’s, Church Street, Twickenham, TW1 3NJ

    Tickets – £10 (Under 18 – FREE) on the door

  2. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘The Party’ (UK) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 11 December

    The first half of Richmond Film Society’s 2017/18 Season concludes at The Exchange on 11 December with ‘The Party’, Sally Potter’s dark ensemble comedy.

    When we first meet Janet, she is pointing a gun at the camera, a forerunner of what is to come in what Mark Kermode describes as Sally Potter’s “short, sharp satire of love, politics and burnt vol-au-vents”. Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is the newly appointed shadow health minister. The ‘party’ of writer-director Potter’s tragicomedy refers to both a social function at which bourgeois lives unravel and the unnamed political opposition party, through whose rank’s Janet has ascended. During the course of a single soiree, both of these allusions collide and “her right-thinking, left-leaning comrades will turn on themselves and one another in an increasingly farcical feeding frenzy”.

    ‘The Party’ was shot over the course of a fortnight in a single location with an A-list cast, including Timothy Spall, Cillian Murphy, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson and Bruno Ganz. Over the course of its admirably succinct 71 minutes, it presents a middle-class nightmare as microcosmic farce. Speaking to The Observer, Potter stressed that “I wanted to work with the healing power of laughter as, let’s say, a shortcut through the really tragic elements”. Potter may not be thought of primarily as a comedic film-maker, but a sharp streak of humour runs throughout her films.

    ‘The Party’ was awarded the Guild Film Prize at the 2017 Berlinale.

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

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

    For further information on our current season of films, please visit our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or emailadmin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

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

  3. Hello there,
    In Haggard Road area, we’ve all been getting invitations to join Nextdoor.co.uk from someone called Rebecca Martin, Richmond Road. No other details about her, but a time-expiring joining code. What’s the craic?

    1. Yes to be a site called Up Your Street
      ( something like that ) was pretty good for advertising etc.
      They abolished this and brought the new site out.
      Don’t like the new one – it wants too many personal details including your address which will all be made public.
      I don’t like it. Haven’t joined.

    2. It replaces Streetlife. You can adjust the settings so it doesn’t show your exact address but you do have to show your road I think as its all about being part of a neighbourhood. It’s a means of helping neighbours to help one another with recommendations, alerts, invitations to events, starting discussions etc. Anyone joining gets given electronic invitations to invite their neighbours (grouped into areas of about 800 houses I think) to participate and can do so either directly or by the site sending out a postcard to their address. I haven’t had any problems with it so far but if you aren’t into local info sharing and don’t like social media just ignore it.

  4. Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops
    With local Artist Bella

    Saturday 1st & Saturday 15th December 2018
    10.30 am -12.00pm
    £10 per person /per workshop
    T 0208 977 5447 E
    joseph.field@rhlt.org.uk
    (Or pop into the shop to book your place)
    The People Hive, 8 Heath road
    Twickenham TW1 4BZ

    All day drop-in workshops at Eel Pie Island Artists Christmas Open Studios,
    Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December 2018, 11-5PM
    £10 small/£20 large wreath
    In the garden of the Boatyard, Eel Pie Island Twickenham TW1 3DY

  5. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘In Between’ (Israel) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 27 November

    Richmond Film Society’s season continues at The Exchange on 27 November with the award winning drama, ‘In Between’ – a spiky tale of three young Palestinian women seeking to make their way and shape their own destinies in Tel Aviv, away from the immediate strictures of their families and communities, although the pressures of a traditional, intolerant and patriarchal society are never far away. The dilemma they face is whether or not to make their own lifestyle choices and to run the very real risk of being ostracised from their families and communities should they do so.

    There are very strong performances from the three leads (and the ensemble cast generally) and Tel Aviv – together with the music and cinematography – provides an interesting and vibrant backcloth. The film has a political subtext in its criticism of intolerance and society’s treatment of women, but it never becomes didactic owing to its nuanced screenplay and the strength of its characterisations. Maysaloun Hamoud, the young, female first-time director/writer has fashioned a film which is poignant, tough, uncompromising and, in parts, amusing.

    After being criticised for accepting Israeli state funding, Hamoud also found herself the subject of the first Palestinian fatwa in seventy years for disparaging or corrupting Muslim women in her depictions of homosexuality, intoxication and drug use. Outside Palestine, the film was critically acclaimed and, whilst presenting an award at Cannes, Isabelle Huppert (no less) declared that “the free spirited and joyful women that [Hamoud] portrays… are true heroines of our time”.

    ‘In Between’ went on to garner twenty awards worldwide, including for Best Film at both the San Sebastián International Film Festival and the Israeli Film Academy.

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

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

    For further information on our current season of films, please visit our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

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

  6. Having had the pleasure of a parking ticket by LBRUT’s ever present guardians of new kerbside regulations in Twickenham Green, whilst walking to the rail station each morning I’ve been drawn to the apparent flouting of parking regulations by Haymarket’s resident fleet of Nissan’s on Mary’s Terrace – a small enclave where the brace of SUV’s sit innocently day in and day out on double yellow lines…

    Has anyone else wondered what they know that we don’t?

    Speaking to a town warden they seem disinterested – maybe Hestletine’s influence extends beyond his retired status despite LBRUT’s regime change?

    Is this yet another case of council double-standards or have Autocar’s finest found a rare unpoliced patch to rest up between test drives?

  7. Twickenham Salvation Army are closing down two much-loved and well supported community businesses: Chestnuts Pre-School and the Community Corner Café.
    The pre-school was a very special environment with very loving staff who had been there a long time.
    The café has also been a great support to young families in the area providing a safe place to take the children to play whilst enjoying the chance to chat with other parents or carers and the volunteers.
    A petition has been set up to save the café – https://chn.ge/2S5esWO. Please support us.

  8. Stunning surprise for Turner’s House gains it architectural accolades

    Butler Hegarty Architects have been commended this month for their work restoring Turner’s House at the national Brick Awards which celebrates exemplary clay brick architecture.
    Turner’s House, a small, grade II* listed, early C19th villa, was designed by the eminent painter, J.M.W.Turner, as a rural retreat in Twickenham. Turner’s father lived there until 1826, with Turner visiting to escape from his London life, gain inspiration from the river landscape, and visit his friend, Sir John Soane at nearby Pitzhanger.
    In 2013 the house was in need of serious conservation, and Turner’s House Trust was created to save the house, resulting in its being restored and opening to the public last year.
    As restoration work progressed on site, the building revealed a stunning surprise. The demolition of the upper parts of the side wings exposed the original 200-year-old brickwork as facing brick with penny-lined pointing. This is a pointing method designed to regularise the brickwork and only executed when the brickwork is intended to be seen: conclusive evidence that the stucco was applied at a later date.
    The bricks uncovered were ‘plum stocks’ – multi-coloured, but predominantly a deep plum colour with a brown/yellow kiln flash. This is typical of late 18th century brickwork, and similar to brick used by Sir John Soane for numerous projects including the courtyard of his house at 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. It is thought that the bricks may have been supplied by Trimmers, based in Brentford, and friends of Turner.
    In a radical approach which turned it into a much more complex project than anticipated, the “creative demolition” of the later 19th century additions to the wings, and the removal of render on the external walls has transformed the building, from a ‘polite’ white stuccoed Regency villa to small solemn brick building, which is now open to the public.
    Turner’s House, Sandycombe Lodge, 40 Sandycoombe Road, St Margarets. Twickenham TW1 2LR is open from Wednesday-Sunday: 10-4pm turnershouse.org. The house is open till December 14th, and will reopen on 1st February 2019.
    Turner’s House Events coming up:
    Museum Takeover Day: Family Activity – 24th Nov
    Christmas Wreathmaking Workshop – 30th Nov
    Family Christmas at Turner’s House – 8th Dec
    10-Minute Talks – Alternate Thursdays

  9. Rejoice and Be Merry! Come to a Christmas concert given by one of Britain’s leading chamber choirs, the Joyful Company of Singers, and join them in singing well-known carols as well as listening to Christmas music by Victoria, Mendelssohn and others. Refreshments available too!
    7.30pm Saturday 8th December, at St Mary’s, Church Street, Twickenham TW1 3NJ.
    Tickets £10 (Under 18 FREE) on the door and in advance from http://www.Eventbrite.co.uk (booking fee applies).
    See more about the choir at http://www.jcos.co.uk

  10. CHRISTMAS AT KILMOREY
    Sunday 2 December, 3 – 7pm
    275 St Margarets Road
    TW1 1PN

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas so why don’t you join us for an afternoon of fun-filled festive activities at our very own Winter Wonderland at the beautiful and historic Kilmorey Mausoleum garden in St. Margarets.

    Jam-packed festivities include a 12 Days of Christmas Treasure Hunt, crafts, Christmas Carols and most importantly; the man himself will be checking who’s been naughty or nice in his magical grotto (tickets are limited so please book in advance). Mulled wine and delicious treats will be served under the twinkling lights and you can have a look inside the mausoleum where our volunteers will be giving fascinating tours. St Mary’s school choir: 5pm & 5:40pm!

    Entry £3 (children under 2 go FREE)

    Santa’s Grotto – additional £5 (includes a small present, tickets are limited so book in advance).

    More info and grotto tickets: https://environmenttrust.co.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=199

    All proceeds will support the Environment Trust’s nature and heritage conservation work. So come along and make the festive season even more magical!

  11. Hi Twickerati, We would like to promote an event we are organising

    With Christmas (almost) just around the corner here is an extra special Festive Treat to add to your calendar.
    On Wednesday the 19th of December, local resident and esteemed actor Clive Francis will perform his own one man adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at St Mary’s Church.

    Clive has been performing this sell out show up and down the country in theatres, churches, schools and country houses for the past thirteen years.
    Much to our delight he has offered to perform this wonderful show right here for us to herald in the festive season.
    Clive has also very kindly agreed to join us over the road in the church hall after the event for mulled wine and mince pies.

    Tickets are on sale online from Ticket Source, using the link http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/st-marys-twickenham

    Tickets are £15 inc booking fee for online purchases via the link above.

  12. For most of the residents in Twickenham/Teddington/Whitton etc; it may be time to put your earplugs in, here comes another huge Easterly. I am not sure but it looks like this one could last until the end of November possibly going into December. So that’s roaring departing aircraft every few minutes from 6am until approx. 11:30pm or even later depending on how many delays there are at Heathrow!! Maybe it is best to get this out of the way now and we should be hopefully be spared by mother nature for Christmas!!

  13. Not sure if everyones seen the slight bus shake up TfL are proposing for Twickenham/Richmond. Looks better for me (new bus for St Margarets) but you don’t have long to comment- 11th December.

  14. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘The Fencer’ (Finland) at 8:30pm on Tuesday, 13 November

    Richmond Film Society’s season continues at The Exchange on 13 November with ‘The Fencer’, the Golden Globe nominee for the 2016 Best Foreign Language Film.

    The film will be preceded by the AGM for RFS members at 8:00pm and the screening will therefore commence at around 8:30pm, half an hour later than usual.

    The film, set in the 1950s post-War period, is loosely based upon the life of champion Estonian fencer, Endel Nelis. A young fencer, hunted by the KGB, returns to his homeland as a sports coach in a remote village school but finds there is no place to hide. Despite hostility from the principal, he teaches the children to fence sufficiently well to inspire the team to victory in a fencing competition in Leningrad. As a wanted man, he goes to Russia at considerable personal risk, having been drafted into the Estonian contingent of the Nazi army.

    This is Klaus Haro’s fifth film: his others, including ‘Letters to Father Jacob’, deal loosely with the same subject – that of transformation in unlikely circumstances. As a film director, he sees himself as “telling stories in pictures”.

    ‘The Fencer’ sits comfortably with ‘The Dark Horse’ (New Zealand), featuring another troubled man transforming the lives of disadvantaged children as he teaches them chess; likewise, with ‘Monsieur Lazhar’ (Canada) – screened by RFS in January 2013 – where a teacher transcends his own loss to support his pupils dealing with their loss and grieving. ‘Inspirational teachers are not limited to any one time or space‘.

    ‘The Fencer’ is, in many ways, an old fashioned film: elegiac in its delivery, a predictable romance, haunting music to heighten the dramatic effect, long shots of landscape, quiet and understated – to quote The Times “a pleasure to watch”.

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

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

    For further information on membership or our current season of films, please visit our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

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

  15. Richmond CVS is holding their annual Trustee Recruitment Evening on Thursday 15th November from 6pm -8pm at Richmond Adult College, Parkshot, Richmond.
    There are over 800 Charities and not for profit organisations in the borough and Trustees play a crucial role in their success. If you think you might be interested in finding out more there will be an opportunity to chat informally with lots of organisations who are looking for Trustees including the River Thames Boat Project, Cross Roads Care, Marble Hill Play Centre, Richmond Good Neighbours and The Enviroment Trust to name a few.
    More info can be found on their website http://www.richmondcvs.org.uk

  16. Could we start a ‘Pot Hole of the Week’ competition with pictures being sent in and a prize for the best or rather worst example – just maybe it would encourage Lbrut to fix a few?

    Is there a link to post pictures to this site?

    1. I have a nice picture of the Icecream Van location with the van replaced by several old bikes fished out of the river following the River Drain Out, which I would like to share!

  17. 100 years ago, the people of Twickenham gathered at St Mary`s Parish Church in Church Street to give thanks that the trauma of war had ended.

    This year, on Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018, in addition to other services on that day, the people of Twickenham – of all faiths or no faith – are invited to come together again in St Mary`s for a special commemoration of all those who died in the Great War and to pray for peace in our own day.

    6pm Service of MUSIC AND REMEMBRANCE attended by The Mayor, The Deputy Lieutenant and The Council, followed by a reception at York House to which all are invited.

    Some photos of St Mary’s War Memorial can be seen on facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/StMarysTwickenham/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1989046757850830

  18. Arthur’s Pizza is looking for a new member to join our team. We love food, drink and people. If you share our passion we want you to be part of our team. We are always looking for enthusiastic people who want to be part of something great. From part time jobs to life long careers, get in touch to see if we are the right fit for you.

    Email hello@arthurspizza.co.uk
    or Pop in and hand your CV to one of our managers.

  19. FIREWORKS DISPLAY, 2ND NOVEMBER 2018

    St James’s Primary School PFA invites local families to join us for a dazzling display of firecrackers, fountains, rockets and comets from the folks that staged the Olympics fireworks.

    On offer will be a gastronomic feast of gourmet hot dogs, sourdough pizzas, posh burgers, and sweet treats from local providers (The Flying Frenchman, Dough & Deer, Sweet Dreams), and a bar offering wine, beer and soft drinks. Plus, a stunning array of glow-in-the dark accessories for big and little kids alike.

    Cash price on the day – £8 each / £25 family

  20. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘A Ghost Story’ (USA) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 30 October

    Richmond Film Society’s season continues at The Exchange on 30 October with ‘A Ghost Story’, David Lowery’s acclaimed supernatural drama.

    A musician lives with his wife in a small house in Dallas, Texas. She wants to move, but he does not. One night, they hear a bang on their piano but cannot find the cause. A life changing event occurs which means the house is occupied by a succession of owners. Much time passes over the course of the film.

    To say anything more about the plot of this original, most ​unusual film would be to spoil it for those who have not yet seen it. Director David Lowery (​’Ain’t Them Bodies Saints​’, ​’Pete’s Dragon​’ and​, more recently​, ​’The Old Man and the Gun​’) has created a haunting film​, avoiding the traditional scares implied by the title. It’s a ghost story but not as we know it. To hear a description of it is to think it ​is bizarre and unworkable. But it does! The viewer has to sit back​, trust the director ​and approach the viewing experience with an open mind (and heart).

    American it may be​, but tonally it’s European with its careful pacing and sense of spirituality. Long takes with minimal dialogue​, boxed in a 4:3 aspect ratio​, leav​e the view feeling enclosed and penned in.

    To finish, a quote from Robbie Collin of The Telegraph:
    ​”A Ghost Story lifts some pretty fearsome metaphysical dumbbells: once we’re gone, what’s left behind? And does it actually matter that we were there in the first place? But it does so with a lightness and lucidity that means you grasp them in a blink. In that respect, it has something in common with Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar: in fact, it might help to think of Lowery’s film as Interstellar made on Interstellar’s sandwich budget. Without leaving the site of one suburban Texas bungalow, it takes you about as far in time and space as cinema can go.​”

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

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

    Films are shown at 8.00pm sharp on alternate Tuesdays (there are no trailers and no ads). For further information on membership or the films, please visit our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

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

  21. Richmond upon Thames College supports ‘Shooting Star Chase’

    Over the last twelve months, students and staff from Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) raised over £770 for ‘Shooting Star Chase’, the leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. RuTC is excited to support the charity for the second year in a row as it is a vital part of the local community with its two hospices based in Hampton and Guildford.

    Supporting ‘Shooting Star Chase’ is important to RuTC, as it contributes to the charity’s commitment to provide essential care to children and their families from diagnosis to end of life and every stage in between. The charity is there for the families 365 days a year offering medical, practical and emotional support.

    Every year, the charity organises a number of fun fundraising ideas, such as the 5p Challenge, which alone raised £340 at RuTC. Additionally, students and staff also organised a Christmas Jumper Day and Cake Bake Sale which resulted in £300, and The Life Skills C group did a raffle which added another £130. These fundraisings do not only benefit ‘Shooting Star Chase’, but can also develop our students’ employability skills as they learn how to organise events, engage people’s attention and establish marketing strategies.

    Sharon Cousins, Assistant Principal Student Experience at RuTC, said: “’Shooting Star Chase’ is a very worthwhile charity which RuTC actively supports. We are delighted that the money students and staff raised will benefit such an important service to the local community.”

  22. Orleans House Gallery: After Hours
    Thursday 1 November, 6-9pm, Free

    Join us for an immersive night of creativity and entertainment including a special headline performance from international touring poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams.

    Make your own terrarium where our orangery once stood, embroider a Victorian handkerchief, and enjoy a ‘parties through the ages’ tour. With music from Gypsy Disco, a pop-up bar, wine tasting in our eighteenth century wine cellar and silhouette portraits, come and experience Orleans House Gallery after dark.

    All activities are free and are offered on a first come first served basis. Wine tasting can be booked on arrival, places are limited – come early to avoid disappointment!

    Whilst our galleries are fully accessible, we are running one activity in our historic wine cellar which is not accessible to wheelchair users.

    #OHGAfterHours

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

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

    http://www.cultivate-yoga.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    https://etnacentre.org/pledge/

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

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

    Tickets are £18, including a drink and a light supper.
    Alcoholic and soft drinks will be available throughout the evening.
    To book visit https://hlcquiz2018.eventbrite.co.uk
    For further information about this event, or the work of The Holly Lodge Centre, email hlcevents@thehollylodgecentre.org.uk or visit http://www.thehollylodgecentre.org.uk

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

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

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

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

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

    Films are shown at 8.00pm sharp on alternate Tuesdays (there are no trailers and no ads). For further information on membership or the films, please visit our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

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

  27. Richmond upon Thames College celebrating Colleges Week during October

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

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

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

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

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

    For more information about Colleges Week and how to participate visit https://www.collegesweek.co.uk/

    Book your open event at RuTC online now at https://www.rutc.ac.uk/key-information/16-18/open-events,-subject-tasters-and-tours/college-open-events and be an active part of this year’s Colleges Week!

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

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

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

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

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

    Tickets and more info: http://www.environmenttrust.co.uk/whats-on
    Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/243121919895842/

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

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

    http://www.cultivate-yoga.com/

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

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

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

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

    Season 56 Membership – £40

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    More information at: https://www.orleanshousegallery.org/events/create-explore-play-the-free-big-draw-event/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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