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  1. Free Guided Meditation at Heart, Twickenham
    Sunday, May 5, 2019
    4:00 PM 5:00 PM

    SUB/MERGE is a meditative practice introduced by Cocoon for modern folks who feel they need to find their roots. The guided meditation is simple and concise, and takes you deeper into your own being, or consciousness.

    The construction of consciousness is the basis of this modality: in the spiritual world, the mind is like a tree, and with excessive stimulation, desire and fear, it becomes overgrown and difficult to manage. S/M is designed to tend to the mind, so that it becomes the joyful instrument it was intended to be.

    Everyone is welcome to share this universal practice. The full series of SUB/MERGE workshops are free of charge and open to all.

    For more details or to register please visit:

    or drop a line to:

  2. Congratulations to Richmond Council for their ‘kind’ gesture to gardeners this morning. The centre of Twickenham was choked by eager folk driving to the Holly Rd car park to collect their free compost. But hey by midday they had run out and had sent for more rations. I didn’t get mine but decided it wasn’t worth hanging around for half an hour to pick up my allocation of two plastic bags of compost the size of packets of frozen peas!

    I know the sweet folk at Richmond Council need to think of their backs when lifting said bags but was it really worth handing out soooo many planet-fouling plastic bags as well as inviting all those smelly cars to descend on town in anticipation of receiving something worth going out for? You could almost have popped them in your pocket and I bet not one of those dirtied dirt bags get re-used afterwards.
    What a disaster.

  3. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘Sweet Country’ (Australia) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 16 April

    Richmond Film Society’s season continues with ‘Sweet Country’ (Australia), Warwick Thornton’s acclaimed drama, which is set in the Australian outback in 1929. Loosely based on an actual case, it tells the story of a middle-aged Aboriginal farm-hand who, in fear for his life, kills a violent, boorish and racist landowner whilst acting in self-defence. Lacking any faith in the local justice system (“I’m a blackfella who killed a whitefella”), he and his wife flee and are pursued across the bleak and beautiful landscape by the town’s police sergeant and his posse.

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

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. 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, please visit our website at or email


    Charity fundraising event – Sunday 28th April 10am-3pm. Kilmorey Mausoleum wildlife garden, 275 St Margaret’s Road, Twickenham, TW1 1PN

    Bring wildlife into your gardens by coming to our Plant Sale! We will be selling a wide range of plants which encourage and sustain local wildlife including annuals, biennials, perennial, herbs and MANY more. Whether you have a huge garden or tiny outside space, there will be plenty of bargain plants to get your gardens buzzing.

    Our wild animals and plants have been losing their homes over the years – over half of UK species have declined over the last 50 years (State of Nature report, 2013) – so it’s very important we look after them. Many of our most beautiful garden plants are attractive to wildlife and any garden, however small, can be turned into a sanctuary for wildlife.

    So please join us for our second Plant Sale for Wildlife at the beautiful and historic Kilmorey Mausoleum Garden in St. Margarets. Our plant sale will be combined with the mausoleum’s Open Day, so as well as buying some plants you can also explore the wildlife garden and have a look inside the mausoleum where our volunteers will be giving fascinating tours. There will be something for all the family to enjoy!

    Entry is £3 which includes refreshments, tour of the mausoleum and wildlife garden.
    Delicious homemade cakes will be available.
    Raffle with lots of great prizes!
    Unrestricted parking in the area all day!

    All proceeds will support the Environment Trust’s nature and heritage conservation work.

    For more details please e-mail or call our office on 07860878462 .

    Kindly supported by Petersham Nurseries

  5. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘Faces, Places‘ (France) at 8:15pm on Tuesday 2 April – please note the slightly later start time

    There will be a short Members’ EGM before the film at 8:00pm. As a result, the screening will commence 15 minutes later than usual at around 8:15pm and not – as stated below – at 8:00pm. Our apologies for the confusion.

    Ample time will be allowed for everyone to take their seats before the film commences and the screening will now conclude at around 9:50pm.

  6. CURATOR’S TALK AT TURNER’S HOUSE – Miniature Lands of Myth and Memory 6th April, 11.30am-12 noon FREE with catalogue included in general admission of £8

    Join historian and curator Dr Jacqueline Riding as she discusses J.M.W. Turner’s exquisite book illustrations for two of Sir Walter Scott’s epic Poetical Works and The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte.

    Dr Riding is the author of Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion (2016) and Peterloo:The Story of the Manchester Massacre (2018)), and was consultant on the Mike Leigh film Mr Turner. She is a trustee of the house Turner designed for himself in Twickenham and curated its first exhibition of their collection of Turner’s lesser-known masterpieces.

    J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) and Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) were two of the most influential and successful celebrities of their day, with Scott’s poetry and prose breaking publishing sales records and Turner, praised for his sublime, romantic landscapes.

    Turner and Scott first collaborated in 1818 on the Provincial Antiquities and Picturesque Scenery of Scotland, while Turner was still living at his Twickenham villa, Sandycombe Lodge. This exhibition, the first ever to be staged at Turner’s newly-restored home, is focused on their last collaboration before Sir Walter’s death in 1832; the illustrations to his Poetical Works and Turner’s next commission, the designs for the Life of Napoleon Buonaparte.

    Combining Turner’s exquisite designs and Scott’s powerfully evocative text, Miniature Lands of Myth and Memory will take the visitor on a time-travelling journey through the north of England, the contested Border country between England and Scotland and the wild Western Highlands. Visitors are invited to follow a trail of landscapes, antiquities, folk tales and ballads that inspired Scott’s poetry, before turning to recent history, the warmer climes of France and Italy and the battle fields of Napoleonic Europe.
    Jacqueline says: “Our first exhibition focuses on two of Georgian Britain’s cultural greats. Turner and Scott were uniquely suited. Both viewed topography as landscapes of myth and memory, the silent witnesses of past ages and more recent history. Turner’s exquisite designs, translated into elegant engraved miniatures, are a fitting celebration of the source of Scott’s inspiration and his extraordinary creativity.”

    Admission price of £8 includes the curator’s talk, admission to the house for a self-guided tour and a full colour 22 page exhibition catalogue.

  7. Love Your Local Care Home Week 25th – 31st March
    Care home staff do an amazing job looking after some of the oldest and frailest people in our communities, and we want them to know how much the work they do it appreciated.
    You can get paid more for walking a dog than looking after our older people! Let’s show these committed carers across the Borough of Richmond some love.
    Simply pop into your local care home between 25th – 31st March with a box of chocolates or similar for the staff, and a little note saying how much their work caring for our older people is valued.
    You can find more info on our website
    Please share and spread the love! 🙂 Thanks

  8. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘On Body and Soul‘ (Hungary) at 8:00pm on Tuesday 19 March

    Richmond Film Society’s season continues with the 2017 Berlinale Golden Bear winner and 2018 Foreign Language Oscar nominee, ‘On Body and Soul’. Two abattoir colleagues experience the same recurring woodland dreams, though they are not aware of it. When it comes to light, despite their contrasting characters, they try to understand what it means for their personal lives. An eerie, disorientating but mesmerising love story about two withdrawn outsiders.

    ‘On Body and Soul’ was one of ’25 must-see films’ identified last month by ‘The Observer’ film critics as defining a century of European Cinema.

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

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. 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 or email

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

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