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  1. Hey lovely people,

    I’m shouting out about the spring Token man Comedy show at The Exchange Theatre, Twickenham on March 11th (this coming Wednesday). Token Man Comedy is a comedy show for grown up women (and the men who like them). We feature four cracking women and one pretty good bloke for your delectation and hilarity.

    Headlining our March show is the meteorite comedy star Suzi Ruffell, who is appearing at the Albert Hall this month as well as part of Comedy Relief at Wembley.
    We also have the deliciously dark award winning musical comedian Kate Lucas opening the show and our featured Token Man is impressionist Darren Altman who breezed into the semi final of Britains Got Talent.

    We’d love to see you there – tickets are just £10 from http://www.tokenmancomedy.com
    show starts 8pm

    I’m also offering a special three for the price of two deal for Twickerati people – email me on janishaves.funnygirl@gmail.com xxx

    Thanks guys – hope to see you there.
    Jxx

    Thank

  2. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘3 Faces’ (Iran) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 3 March at The Exchange.

    RFS’s season continues with a fascinating road-trip from Iranian auteur, Jafar Panahi (‘Tehran Taxi’), depicting rural life in the remote Turkish-Azeri-speaking part of Iran.  An actress receives an upsetting phone video in which a provincial girl pleads for help but is it genuine? She hitches a ride with Panahi to get to the bottom of the matter…En route, they have a number of amusing encounters but find themselves confronted with several diehard traditions.

    Winner of the Best Screenplay at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, ‘3 Faces’ is the fourth film made by Panahi during his 20-year filmmaking ban imposed by the government of Iran.

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3). Tickets can be purchased  in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (subject to a cap of 70) – in person, by telephone on 020 8240 2399) or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/ . To ensure that you secure a ticket, pre-booking via The Exchange is recommended. A further 50 or so tickets will be available to purchase on the door on the night of the screening (cash only) on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. The bar opens at 7.00pm, drinks can be brought into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available. Film notes are provided for each screening and audience feedback is obtained via response slips.

    For further information on the season, please visit http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

  3. PLANT SALE FOR WILDLIFE
    Sunday 26th April, 10am – 3pm
    Kilmorey Mausoleum, 275 St Margarets Road, TW1 1PN, St Margarets

    Bring wildlife back into your garden this spring! Come along to the Environment Trust Plant Sale for Wildlife and Open Day at the Grade II listed Kilmorey Mausoleum in St Margaret’s on Sunday 26th April.

    With a great selection of plants to encourage and sustain local wildlife including annuals, perennials, herbs, grasses, shrubs and many more this year’s Plant Sale promises to be the biggest yet! Whether you have a huge garden or tiny outside space, there will be plenty of bargain plants to get your backyard buzzing.

    Sadly, our wild animals and plants have been losing their homes over the last 50 years. (State of Nature report, 2016). But we can all play a part in helping to reverse the decline. Many of the most beautiful garden plants are attractive to wildlife and any garden, however small, can be turned into a sanctuary.

    There is something for everyone at the Environment Trust Plant Sale and Open Day. Children will enjoy the adventurous nature trail through the wildlife garden. They can learn about the vital work bees and hedgehogs do from nature experts and make a mini-bee-nursery for their garden to expand their habitat.

    For those keen on local history, the mausoleum with its secret tunnel and a story of passion and betrayal, reveals a fascinating insight to Lord Kilmorey and his mistress, Priscilla. Hear the full story from our expert volunteer guides.

    A £3 entry fee (members of the Trust and kids go free) includes refreshment, a tour of the mausoleum and the wildlife garden. The first 50 visitors will get a free pack of “bee friendly wildflower seeds”. Homemade cakes will be available, as well as lots of great raffle prizes. There is unrestricted parking in the area all day and all proceeds will support the work of Environment Trust to improve, preserve and protect our local neighbourhood.

    PLANT DONATIONS NEEDED!
    Please help us make our plant sale event more successful than last year. Environment Trust would be really grateful for any donations of plants, whatever the size, whether you are an experienced gardener or still developing your green fingers. You can drop them off at Kilmorey on Saturday 25th April until 1pm or bring them along on Sunday. If you have any questions please email lucia.pekarova@environmenttrust.org or call our office on 07860 878462.

    For more information and to find out how you can get involved visit:
    http://www.environmenttrust.org/Event/plant-sale-for-wildlife

    Or the Facebook event page:
    http://www.facebook.com/events/880065622427494

    For more information about Environment Trust visit:
    http://www.environmenttrust.org

    1. The address for Wags N Tales is 65 Richmond road, near Eel Pie Island Museum and the Civic Centre. The premises were formerly Le Baron Brasserie, The Club House, Mulberry Tree, Mongolian Barbeque, Mackenzie’s.

  4. Strawberry Hill House & Garden present: Thursday Lates: Gothic Romance
    Thursday 13th, 20th, & 27th February
    Thursday 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th March

    Doors & Welcome drinks from 5:30 pm
    Tours commence at 6 pm, 7 pm & 8 pm

    Standard Adult: £20
    Strawberry Hill Member: £15
    Student: £15

    Experience Strawberry Hill House with our extended opening hours and special event, Thursday Lates: Gothic Romance.

    Throughout February and March, tour the house and explore the ‘passion’ of Horace Walpole’s ‘little gothic castle’, part of our new Thursday late opening. Join us from 6 pm each Thursday until the end of March for a brand new bespoke tour of Strawberry Hill.

    Tickets include a complimentary glass of bubbles and can be booked via our website at http://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/whats-on.

    For more information about this or any of our events, please visit http://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk or by calling 0208 744 1241

  5. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘One Cut of the Dead’ (Japan) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 18 February at The Exchange.

    RFS’s season continues with ‘One Cut of the Dead’, the acclaimed Japanese horror-comedy. Things go badly for a hack director (“I’m fast, cheap but average”) and his film crew shooting a low budget zombie film in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility. A fresh, inventive and highly original take on the zombie apocalypse drama, suffused with joyous humour. Shot in only eight days with very low budget, the film gained traction at the Udine Far East Film Festival, went on to become an international hit and grossed over one thousand times its production costs of just over £20,000.

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (subject to a cap of 70) – in person, by telephone on 020 8240 2399 or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/ . A further 40 or 50 tickets will be available to purchase on the door on the night of the screening (cash only) on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. The bar opens at 7.00pm, drinks can be brought into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available. Film notes are provided for each screening and audience feedback is obtained via response slips.

    For further information on the season, please visit http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

  6. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘Foxtrot’ (Israel) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 4 February at The Exchange.

    RFS’s season continues with Samuel Maoz’s moving and complex study in grief. An affluent Tel Aviv couple are informed by the Israeli military authorities that their son has died in the line of duty. Several hours later, they are notified that there has been a mix-up….

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (subject to a cap of 70) – in person, by telephone on 020 8240 2399 or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/ . A further 40 or 50 tickets will be available to purchase on the door on the night of the screening (cash only) on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. The bar opens at 7.00pm, drinks can be brought into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available. Film notes are provided for each screening and audience feedback is obtained via response slips.

    For further information on the season, please visit http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

  7. Does anyone remember Terry Maidment. He was a great friend of mine and I used to love to listen to his stories. He was a barkeep at the Turks Head during the 60s and worked as an actor in “A Hard Days Night”, a few Bond films, and episodes of the “The Avengers”. I haven’t seen him in years.

  8. Twilight Guided House Tours of Strawberry Hill House

    Wednesday 19th February 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    Wednesday 29th April 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Wednesday 24th June 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Wednesday 16th September 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Wednesday 2nd December 7:30pm – 9:00pm

    Tickets:
    Standard Adult: £25
    Student: £20
    Members & Friends of Strawberry Hill: £20
    Volunteer of Strawberry Hill £20

    Experience Strawberry Hill House as never before with an exclusive House tour during the magical hour of twilight. Join a Twilight tour and be guided through Horace Walpole’s theatrical masterpiece, his little gothic castle of Strawberry Hill.

    Start off your visit in style with a glass of fizz before being transported through history to experience the intimacy of Walpole’s magnificent collection.

    Drinks are served on arrival at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start on 19th February & 2nd December, and 7:00pm for 7:30pm start on all other dates.

    Tours leave 30 minutes after drinks are served.

    For more information or to book, please visit http://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/whats-on, or by calling us directly on 0208 744 1241.

  9. Strawberry Hill House & Garden & The Handlebards present: ‘Macbeth’

    Sunday 13th September 2020
    Tickets:
    Early Bird Adult ticket (available until 13th July) – £14
    Standard Adult ticket – £17
    U18’s ticket – £10
    Members & Friends of Strawberry Hill House – £12
    Volunteers of Strawberry Hill House – £12

    Doors open at 5:30 pm for picnics
    Performance commences at 6:30 pm

    The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe.

    Join their all-female troupe in the beautiful gardens of Strawberry Hill House for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ like none other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.

    So what’s the play about? Well, a brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. What happens next? You’ll have to watch to find out.

    Why not bring a picnic to enjoy in the Garden while you wait.

    To book or for more information: https://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/whats-on, or call us on 0208 744 1241.

  10. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘Capernaum’ (Lebanon) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, at The Exchange.

    RFS’s season continues with Nadine Labaki’s endearing and heart-wrenching drama. A young Lebanese boy runs away from his negligent parents and is befriended by an Ethiopian immigrant; he then, in turn, looks after her infant. Ultimately imprisoned for a violent crime, he sues his parents for giving birth to him and seeks justice in a courtroom.

    Winner of 33 awards worldwide and shortlisted for the 2019 Foreign Language Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA awards.

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (subject to a cap of 70) – in person, by telephone on 020 8240 2399 or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/ . A further 40 or 50 tickets will be available to purchase on the door on the night of the screening (cash only) on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. The bar opens at 7.00pm, drinks can be brought into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available. Film notes are provided for each screening and audience feedback is obtained via response slips.

    For further information on the season, please visit http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

    1. You can still object to the planning application and officers will listen – despite the ‘official’ consultation period being over.
      46 new flats on land already owned by Network Rail (the main Solum partner) but ZERO affordable homes!!!
      The Council’s Local Plan expects 50% affordable housing.

  11. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘The White Crow‘ at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 7 January at The Exchange.

    RFS’s first film of 2020 is Ralph Fiennes’ acclaimed biographical drama, which captures the raw physicality and brilliance of Rudolf Nureyev, whose escape to the West stunned the world at the height of the Cold War. The film tells Nureyev’s dramatic story from his humble beginnings to his defection in 1961, when he was the world’s most famous male ballet dancer. The period is immaculately reconstructed.

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (subject to a cap of 70) – in person, by telephone on 020 8240 2399 or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/ . A further 40 or 50 tickets will be available to purchase on the door on the night of the screening (cash only) on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. The bar opens at 7.00pm, drinks can be brought into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available. Film notes are provided for each screening and audience feedback is obtained via response slips.

    For further information on the season, please visit http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

  12. Creative Refuelling for Parents
    A free creative workshop designed for parents and carers who recognise that supporting the wellbeing of their children means they also need time to refuel.
    A fun and engaging session designed to help you de-stress. No creative or artistic skills required.

    Donations welcome. Tea and coffee provided.

    Please visit The Wild Mind Project for more information. https://www.thewildmindproject.org

  13. Regal House looks aesthetic and cheerful next to the cheaply cladded coffee coloured Solum station mess.
    Not forgetting the two piddling lifts to cope with expectant 80,000 strong rugby fans.
    And talking about “ piddling”! the platform Urine smelling toilets more like infant school loos.
    What happened to the futuristic fit for purpose Twickenham station vision – Oh I know it became an overpriced Jerry built housing development.

    1. more moaners.. and WHAT about the cabbage patch with all their drinking pissing smells, and hopeless policing of pissed idiots against wall and peoples gardens???

      DO spare a thought for the poor workers at twick station, who have to put up with you lot moaning about it, when it is NOT their fault!!!!

      Builders at their best can be an awful lot (It is VERY hard work, in all weathers, so only the rough strong guys can take it!!) – most complainers could barely lift a brick!! The builders carry hundreds on their strong backs as if they are nothing!

      and the builders, train staff, and even the good engineers have to also put up with over-hopeful managers who fabricate fancy stories…

  14. Oh how the STATION saga drags on. Yawn, yawn, yawn!

    BTW, it’s obviously best if you all ignore all the misinformation from mr meerkat.

    The station entrance probably will open next year, probably even in the first half of the year if Solum stop blaming all the other parties involved and actually start working with them. Isn’t that the key job of their project managers?
    The flats will be opening in stages with those in the in-yer-face front tower block first, followed by the megatower next to travelodge, and finally in 2021 (or later) the block alongside the crane.

    FYI, early this year I enquired about when the first flats would be ready to move into. The agents confidently said July (2019). So some of the early buyers have been waiting more than 6 months already to move into their new homes or to let them out.

    By the time it opens, it’ll be a whole decade since the first consultation and planning application.
    Soglum’s strapline should have been – Let’s Get Twickenham Station Done !!!

    Meanwhile there’ve been suggestions that M&S rebrand their store to – No Food To Go.

    1. As I have said before, NEVER, EVER believe an estate agent!!

      I do believe drunkard with three sheets to the wind would make more sense that what you said…

  15. EE Network Failure
    I am sure many have noticed the EE and Virgin Networks have been hit by major outages this week, down or barely limping along for 4 days now. I asked in the EE Shop in Twickenham if they had any information and they only thing they could tell me is the work they are doing to roll out 5G has caused the problem and they have no idea when the situation will be resolved! Could this be a new 5G upgrade marketing plan, screw up the 4G Network so everyone needs to move to 5G??

    1. EE is useless at all times. My contract with them for broadband is up in February and I’m off. Over the last year I’ve had broadband being cut off for no reason, sometimes several times an evening, being told I have no data left oh wait, yes you do but you’ll have to wait a couple of days to log back in….muppets.

  16. Where have all the silver baubles gone from the Christmas tree outside Superdrug..yet more embarrassment for this sad looking specimen of a tree!

  17. 10th Dec at 6.30pm Christmas Carol Service It’s that time of year again! Our annual Christmas Carol Concert will take place at St Mary’s Church opposite our Church St Offices.

    The evening starts with the sound of a quarter peal rung on St Mary’s bells from 5.30pm which definitely adds to the festive atmosphere.

    The concert itself is varied with dance and musical performances by young people‎ as well as an opportunity for everyone to join in with some traditional carols supported by the Off the Record Singers.

    After the concert we will be serving festive refreshments and a complimentary glass of wine (provided by Doran Family Vintners). There will also be a raffle with some amazing prizes.

    Website https://www.facebook.com/otrtwickenham/

  18. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘Wajib’ (Palestine) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 10 December at The Exchange

    RFS’s final film of 2019 is a Palestinian drama, set amidst wedding preparations in the lead-up to Christmas in Nazareth. In Palestine’s Christian community, an estranged son accompanies his father in delivering his sister’s wedding invitations. Gentle but thought provoking insights into generational differences, including the Palestine/Israel relationship and a son coping with a father’s desire to find him ‘a nice local girl’.

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (subject to a cap of 70) – in person, by telephone on 020 8240 2399 or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/ . A further 40 or 50 tickets will be available to purchase on the door on the night of the screening (cash only) on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. The bar opens at 7.00pm, drinks can be brought into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available. Film notes are provided for each screening and audience feedback is obtained via response slips.

    The second half of the season commences on 7 January with ‘The White Crow’, Ralph Fiennes’ acclaimed biographical drama of Rudolf Nureyev, whose escape to the West stunned the world at the height of the Cold War.

    For further information on the season, please visit http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

  19. Here is some *real* news, for those who don’t read posters at the station…
    The NEW Twickenham Station entrance should be OPEN by the end of the year!!

    Vague enough, but lets hope for Xmas opening….. 😛

    1. uncleosborne;
      sarcasm noted, but I am sure the worst critic who has ACTUALLY LOOKED will only say months… ;/

    2. Well I did say vague… :/
      BUT! there is a difference between ‘station’ and ‘station entrance’…

      in this case ‘station’ refers to the *whole* build – They HAVE to remove the ‘temporary entrance’, to build the housing adjacent to the river crane..

      this means the ‘main entrance’ will be opened, albeit with only stairs and temporary ticket facilities…

    3. Frankly, until access to all platforms by those who can’t use stairs – or are disadvantaged in trying – then we do not have a station entrance that is fit for purpose.
      Also, a station pedestrain approach that has new apartment balconies directly overhanging the pavement create a potentially fatal risk to those walking below. Or are Solum guaranteeing that nothing will ever fall or be dropped from the balconies?

    4. Illiad – actually, no – but what an odd question. It’s now 2019 and, unlike snow, the balconies are a man-made danger above a main pedestrain pavement. For what it’s worth I didn’t see the balconies overhanging the London Road pavement shown in Solum’s own public ‘masterplan’ when I looked (a while ago, but still online):
      http://www.twickenhamforward.com/the-plans.html
      So do you think they represent no risk, a tolerable risk or a risk that should be dealt with?

    5. Interesting set of priorities – they managed to open a sales office, but apparently can’t sort out a usable lift to the platforms.

    6. katyclovercarr – maybe you should actually visit twick station???
      during the strike, the barriers are often open, so you can check the reality, instead of the fantasy spread by estate agents…

    7. *during the strike, the barriers are often open, so you can check the reality*

      Barriers being open isn’t a working lift, though, is it? and somewhat presumptuous to assume that katyclovercarr isn’t a regular user of the station.

    8. for crissake, Sarah, do you live anywhere near twick station????
      Or are you one of those who hammers on the Starbucks door, because its ‘only 5 minutes’ before opening time???

      IF katyclovercarr knew what you obviously know, she would not complain…
      and DO remember that the builders and engineers are very busy making sure that future accidents do not happen! All engineers know that things go wrong, so multiple testing has to happen!!

      and all salesmen and estate agents ‘sell the dream’ and don’t worry about ‘accuracy’ :O , just get the money!!

      their dream was a big glass plinth saying ‘twickenham’…

      you will note it DID NOT happen, if you have seen the reality! 😦

    9. Oh dear. I DO seem to have touched a nerve.

      ‘for crissake, Sarah, do you live anywhere near twick station????’

      Yes, about two minutes away and I can see it from my flat, and I use it every working day.

      ‘Or are you one of those who hammers on the Starbucks door, because its ‘only 5 minutes’ before opening time???@

      Not sure what this has to do with anything. I don’t use Starbucks, as I don’t care for tepid coffee-flavoured milkshake.

      As for the rest of your post – I can only assume an over-abundance of Christmas spirit. Estate agents clearly have the same resonance with you as King Charles’s head does with Mr Dick in David Copperfield, and making about as much sense.

    10. Regal House looks aesthetic and cheerful next to the cheaply cladded coffee coloured Solum station mess.
      Not forgetting the two piddling lifts to cope with expectant 80,000 strong rugby fans.
      And talking about “ piddling”! the platform Urine smelling toilets more like infant school loos.
      What happened to the futuristic fit for purpose Twickenham station vision – Oh I know it became an overpriced Jerry built housing development.

    11. hmmm, so Sarah is the main reason for unhappy train staff, moaning to them about things they have no control over…

      astorerpainting: The TRAG had a wonderful futuristic design for a new station… It was ignored due to the greed of various people..

      Blame the RFC and Solum (or whoever got the funding for the design) for a big monolith that was going to be even higher than regal house, that was meant to be ready for the big World RFC..

      This was reduced by massive protest, and and delayed construction for years… During construction, I overheard a rich couple who did not have a clue what it was…

      Also shocking to find out that 2 bed flat there is actually more expensive than a nice 2 bed mid terrace house nearby!!!

    12. Now “early 2020” according to the Solum website. But then, they told us it would be early Autumn 2019, so I’m not holding my breath.

  20. The Mulberry Centre – for anyone affected by cancer

    Christmas Music & Market event at The Mulberry Centre to raise funds for those affected by cancer.

    Thursday 5th December, 11.00am – 3.30pm

    You are warmly invited to join us for Christmas carols, free mince pies and refreshments throughout the day.

    Stalls will include vintage and upcycled crafts, silver jewellery, LSA Glassware, Weleda skincare, chocolates, beeswax candles, ceramics, wired and handmade crafts, hot food, hot refreshments and Tombola!

    Hand & Arm Massage will be available – £5 donation
    To book please email: talk@themulberrycentre.co.uk

    Music will start at: 11am with Carols from Bolder Academy, Isleworth
    12.30pm – The Mad About Carols & Gospel group
    14.00pm – Guest Singers

    All accompanied by Santa and his elf!

    For more information call The Mulberry Centre on 020 8321 6300
    The Mulberry Centre, WMUH, Twickenham Road, Isleworth, TW7 6AF

  21. Hi Guys,
    It time to sout out about theToken Man Comedy Christmas Special on 11th December at the Exchange Theatre Twickenham.
    Tickets £10 from http://www.tokenmancomedy.com

    We have Pippa Evans headlining – one of the founding members of the brilliant award winning Showstoppers, We also have (by popular return) The Dirty Carols – who will be singing, appropriately dirty carols, we also have our token man for the evening Ronnie Rigsby a bitter, misanthropic Christmas hating failed childrens entertainer.
    Hope to see you there,

  22. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘Everybody Knows’ (Spain) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 19 November.

    Apologies – the screening is at 8:00pm and NOT 8:30pm, as stated in the entry below, which was made a few minutes ago. Could the title of the entry please be amended.

    Sorry for the confusion.

  23. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘Everybody Knows’ (Spain) at 8:30pm on Tuesday, 19 November.

    RFS’s season continues with a psychological thriller from Iranian auteur, Asghar Farhadi (‘A Separation’, ‘The Past’, ‘The Salesman’). Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister’s wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open. Starring Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Ricardo Darín.

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (subject to a cap of 70) – in person, by telephone on 020 8240 2399 or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/ . A further 40 or 50 tickets will be available to purchase on the door on the night of the screening (cash only) on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. The bar opens at 7.00pm, drinks can be brought into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available. Film notes are provided for each screening and audience feedback is obtained via response slips.

    For further information on the season, please visit http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

  24. Back by popular demand, Lotta from Stockholm are hosting their fourth Special Christmas Shopping Event!! Come along and introduce a touch of Scandinavian magic to your home this festive season, we’ve sourced a variety of decorations; traditional and on-trend, inspired by Sweden. Our handcrafted clogs will also be available, so treat someone special, or just yourself! The event will be taking place at our warehouse space on the 14th of November from 17:00-21:00, we hope to see you guys there 🙂

    When and where:

    Thursday 14th November from 17:00-21:00

    Lotta From Stockholm
    3 Heathlands Close,
    Twickenham
    TW1 4BP

    1. A wonderful local business in Twickenham that we should all support. This Christmas Shopping event will be very popular.

  25. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki’ at 8:30pm on Tuesday, 5 November.

    Based on a true story, Olli is unexpectedly given the chance of a bout with the American 1962 World Featherweight Champion. To win would establish Finland’s global prestige but his romantic life begins to hamper his preparations. Filmed on location, mostly in Helsinki, it is a gentle, understated and humorous film, with hints of Truffaut and Kaurismaki. It went on to win multiple awards, including the 2016 Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes.

    The film will be preceded by the RFS Members’ AGM at 8:00pm. The screening will commence at 8:30pm and finish shortly before 10:15pm.

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (subject to a cap of 60) – in person, by telephone on 020 8240 2399 or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/ . A further 50 or so tickets will be available to purchase on the door on the night of screenings (cash only) on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. The bar opens at 7.00pm, drinks can be brought into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available.

    For further information on the season, please visit http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

  26. TALES OF THE SMEDS AND THE SMOOS

    In support of Environment Trust, the world-famous illustrator Axel Scheffler is hosting three exclusive live events for children and their parents and reading his latest creation with author Julia Donaldson ‘The Smeds and the Smoos,’ as well as everyone’s favourite ‘The Gruffalo’.

    These exciting live shows will take place on Saturday 16th November at St Stephen’s Church, Twickenham at 10am, 11.40am and 1.20pm.

    The Smeds and the Smoos is a heart-warming tale of two alien species, the Smoos (who are blue) and the Smeds (who are red) and who never mix until they fall in love. Set in space with charming illustrations and a lovely message about friendship, the book will inspire a love of reading in children from 3 upwards.

    At the events, Axel will also be drawing his most famous characters, The Gruffalo, Stickman, Snail and the Whale…and teaching the children how to draw them too!

    Each show lasts approximately 30 minutes and will be followed by a FREE book signing session**.

    Do your Christmas shopping at the event and support your local wildlife charity!
    There will be plenty of books and stocking fillers available to purchase at the event.

    Tickets £9*. Suitable from 3 years.

    If you have any questions about the event please contact lucia.pekarova@environmenttrust.org.

    *All children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. All accompanying adults must purchase their own ticket, e.g. a parent and child would need two tickets. All the proceeds from the event will enable Environment Trust to conserve wildlife and heritage in our local area for the benefit of all.

    **Please note: book signing will be limited to one book per person/family if they are brought from home, however, Axel will sign all new books/prints bought from Environment Trust bookstall at the event. Thank you for your cooperation.

    For more info and to book tickets go to:
    https://www.environmenttrust.org/Event/axel-tales

  27. If you’ve yet to experience a visit to Twickenham Stadium, now’s your chance to bring friends and family and get behind England Rugby as they face New Zealand in the RWC Semi-Finals this weekend.

    Twickenham Stadium will be screening this unmissable match on multiple screens in the brand new East Stand.

    Enjoy a welcome breakfast cocktail or mocktail on arrival to set you up for the day with unlimited tea and coffee throughout. A selection of hot breakfast items will be available to purchase throughout the morning.

    Tickets are available from £20 per adult and £5 for children under the age of 12.

    Book online here – https://www.twickenhamstadium.com/hospitality/england-v-new-zealand/semi-final-screening

    1. sorry, it is to protect those people here, who would get the wrong idea, due to the limitations of this blog.

  28. Stables Cafe at Orleans House Gallery
    Now open Tues – Sun, 9am – 5pm
    Good coffee, fresh homemade cakes and pastries and a warm welcome. It’s wonderful to have it back.

  29. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘Loving Vincent’ (Poland/UK) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 22 October.

    Richmond Film Society’s Season continues with ‘Loving Vincent’, the World’s first fully painted animated feature film. It is a biographical drama about the life of Vincent van Gogh, and, in particular, the circumstances of his death, as it imagines the last months of his life. Visually stunning, the film was shortlisted for the 2018 Oscar, Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards for Best Animated Film and won nineteen awards worldwide.

    The film will be introduced by Dr Jon Hackett, Programme Director of Film and Communications at St Mary’s University.

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (subject to a cap of 60) – in person, by telephone on 020 8240 2399 or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/ . A further 50 or so tickets will be available to purchase on the door on the night of screenings (cash only) on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. The bar opens at 7.00pm, drinks can be brought into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available.

    For further information on the season, please visit http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

    1. A remarkable homage to the art of Van Gogh – a labour of love surely for the army of artists who painted each frame.
      AND … the actor who was reimagined as the Gendarme in the final death-bed scenes is none other than TW’s very own Martin Herdman, who when not acting can be seen as the ‘pater familias’ at Herdman Carpets in St Margaret’s!

  30. South Road Lidl Planning approved?
    According to R & T Times planning permission was approved for new Lidl store on the old Wickes site on 9 October but Richmond Council Planning website is still showing status as In Progress. Can anyone confirm or deny?

    1. hmmm, yes, it works with FF adblock but FF is far too ugly and restrictive – ABP has no ‘controls’ I can see..

      forgot about ABL on Pale moon, something about fonts it does not like??? anyhow ‘site prefs’ set to off.. 🙂

  31. The Christmas Shopping Weekend at Orleans House Gallery
    Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December, 12-5pm
    FREE

    This year our hugely popular Christmas Shopping Weekend gets even better, with the introduction of our first ever external market in our Stables Courtyard!

    We have hand-picked some of the best London-based and local designers and makers to produce the perfect mix of gifts – from the vibrant designer homeware of Snowdon Flood, the stunning silk scarfs of Emily May to the whimsical children’s gifts from Clockwork Soldier; with over 30 stalls in total, there is certain to be something for everyone.

    As well as the unique combination of elegant indoor shopping and colourful outdoor market, there will be festive music and family craft throughout the weekend. Our new Café will also be open for mulled wine, hot drinks and delicious festive treats.

  32. Orleans House Gallery, After Hours this Halloween
    Thursday 31 October, 6-10pm (last entry 9.30pm)
    FREE

    Join us for the next in our series of LATE events, as we once again open our spaces after hours.

    As well as live music in our festoon-lit Octagon Room by acclaimed folk duo The Askew Sisters, there will be a pop a pop-up bar serving intoxicating elixirs and a super-secret silent disco in the subterranean vaults of the original 18th century wine cellar! Or if you would rather, why not take part in the free creative activity happening in our Study Gallery or sit back and listen as The Georgian Dining Academy tell the stories of the House as it would have stood on previous Halloween’s.

    The evening will also be a first opportunity for visitors to see our brand new Outsider Art exhibition ‘A Unique Vision: Outsider and Self-Taught Art’, as well as celebrating the start of the 28th annual Richmond Literature Festival.

    Join us this Halloween to see exactly what happens at Orleans House Gallery after dark…

  33. Fund raising Quiz Night in aid of The Holly Lodge Centre
    Friday 18th October 2019 (7pm)
    At King’s House School,
    68 King’s Road, Richmond, TW10 6ES
    Hosted by TV and radio presenter Adrian Mills.
    Come and pit your wits, have a great night out and help raise funds for a much loved local charity.
    Tickets £18 including a light supper.

    To book for Quiz Night visit https://hlcquiz2019.eventbrite.co.uk

  34. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘Shoplifters’ (Japan) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 24 September

    Richmond Film Society’s Season continues with Hirokazu Koreeda’s Palme d’Or winning drama. After a spell of shoplifting, Osamu and his son run into a homeless girl shivering with cold. Osamu’s wife is not keen to take her in, but she eventually feels sorry for her and relents. Then an incident unveils a secret that tests their bond. Winner of 43 awards and shortlisted for the 2019 Foreign Language Film Oscar.

    Although membership for the 19-film season closed at the beginning of August (the designated cap of 250 having been reached), tickets are always available to purchase for individual screenings.

    Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (subject to a cap of 60) – in person, by telephone on 020 8240 2399 or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/ . A further 50 or so tickets will be available to purchase on the door on the night of screenings (cash only) on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. The bar opens at 7.00pm, drinks can be brought into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available.

    For further information on the season, please visit http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

  35. Strawberry Hill House & Garden: Charity Fashion Show presented by the Friends of Strawberry Hill.

    Wednesday, 16th October 2019
    Tickets: £16
    Doors & Welcome Drinks at 6:30 pm
    The event commences at 7 pm

    The Friends of Strawberry Hill welcome you to an exciting evening of fashion in our stunning Gallery, with local boutique ROCC. Fashionistas will receive a glass of fizz on arrival, followed by the catwalk and the opportunity to undertake a spot of retail therapy!

    All funds raised from this event will support the ongoing care and maintenance of the house and help strengthen our collection and conservation needs.

    To book or for more information: https://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/fashion-show/, or can us on 0208 744 1241.

  36. Strawberry Hill House & Garden present ‘Perspectives on Collecting: A four-part Lecture Series’.

    Wednesday 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th November 2019
    Doors & Welcome drinks from 6:45 pm
    Lectures Commence at 7:30 pm

    Individual Lecture: £22
    Lecture Series Ticket: £78 (all four lectures)

    Members – Individual Lecture: £17
    Members – Lecture Series Ticket: £58 (all four lectures)

    Strawberry Hill Trust hosts a four-part lecture series exploring perspectives on collecting from renowned speaker’s Dr. David Starkey, historian, and presenter. Tim Knox, Director of the Royal Collection, Martin Caiger-Smith, author and Head of the MA Curating the Art Museum program at The Courtauld Institute of Art and Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum.

    The lectures will begin at 7.30 pm in the Waldegrave Drawing Room by kind permission of St Mary’s University. Guests are invited to arrive from 6.45 pm to enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz in Horace Walpole’s magnificent Gallery.

    Dr. David Starkey – Wednesday 6th November
    Holbein & the Tudor Court

    The distinguished historian, David Starkey, will discuss collecting in relation to Holbein and the Tudor Court, images of which are visible in Walpole’s own Holbein Chamber at Strawberry Hill.

    Tim Knox – Wednesday 13th November
    The Rise and Fall of the Country House Museum

    From the seventeenth century wunderkammer, through Grand Tour collections, to Victorian assemblies of imperial plunder, the British country house has long been a lumber-room of appropriated cultural artifacts. Tim Knox looks at the way British and Irish country house proprietors pressed Egyptian antiquities, Greek and Roman marbles, Assyrian reliefs, Indian and Pacific curios and objects of natural history into domestic service, and traces the rise and fall of the country house museum.

    Martin Caiger-Smith – Wednesday 20th November
    Antony Gormley’s Interventions in Historic Collections

    Martin Caiger-Smith is the author of a recent major monograph on Antony Gormley, and curator of the artist’s current exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. In his talk, On Common Ground: Antony Gormley and the Collective, he will reflect on the exhibition and consider how the collective principle lies at the core of Gormley’s work: it’s meaning, it’s making, and its public display.

    Tristram Hunt – Wednesday 27th November
    Collecting the Home

    All the proceeds from this event will support the continuing care and maintenance of the house and help strengthen and conserve our collection.

    This lecture series is kindly supported by Russell-Cooke Solicitors

    To book or for more information: https://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/perspectives-on-collecting/, or call us on 0208 744 1241.

  37. Just one more sleep before the big gig! Definitely worth grabbing your mates and heading on over to The Exchange for this brilliant night out. C’mon girls (and guys of course) you deserve it!
    18th September 2019
    Tickets £10 Doors 7.30pm – 10.30pm
    www,tokenmancomedy.com

    Five cracking women – one pretty good bloke!
    Headline – the brilliant Mandy Muden.
    Mandy is a Britain’s Got Talent semi finalist, she took Simon Cowell to task in fine fashion with her ‘larger than life’ personality and razor sharp wit. She is the only woman ever to combine Comedy and Magic on the UK Comedy circuits and has been awarded The Magic Circle Carlton Award for Comedy in Magic. Mandy creates a fantastic rapport with her audience, offering a great line in audience participation. Mandy has performed all over the world from Comedy Clubs to Buckingham Palace
    Mandy’s TV Credits include:
    Semi-Finalist – Britain’s Got Talent 2018; Dick and Dom’s Funny Business-BBC 1 ;Celebrity Come Dine With Me – Channel Four ;Celebrity Ready Steady Cook-BBC; The Hour-STV; Faking It (Mentor)-Channel four; Astounding Celebrities – ITV 1; The World’s Greatest Magic -Channel Four; When Magic Goes Wrong – Channel Four;

    Janine Harouni – 2019 BBC comedy awards winner
    Winner – BBC New Comedy Award winner 2019
    Winner: 99 Club Comedy Bursary 2019
    
Winner: Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2018

    Shortlist: BBC New Comedy Award 2017

    Sally Anne Hayward– fresh from supporting Sarah Millican
    and
    Kathryn Mather- Winner of South East New Comedian 2018
    and
    Our brave Token Man is – Dave Thompson
    Dave has performed his stand-up comedy act in over forty countries. Known for his one-liners and absurd persona, Dave has written material for many other comics, including Harry Hill, Ronnie Corbett, Bruce Forsyth, Ben Elton, Phil Nichol, Omid Djalili, Stewart Lee, and Tony Law. He is also rather famous for being the voice of ‘Tinky Winky’ the most contentious Telly Tubby of all.

    MC – Janis Haves
    Tickets available on http://www.tokenmancomedy.com

  38. You don’t see many Mods lurking around the place these days. No parka wearing ‘faces’ driving chromed Vespas up the A316 or Bibi dressed girls hanging around Starbucks. That happy generation disappeared in the late 1960’s – but the R&B and Soul music that they danced to lives on in the shape of “Walking the Dog”. You can catch this new band in action next Friday, 13th September, at the Ailsa Tavern on the St Margarets Road TW1 1NJ in St. Margarets. Admission is free – so park your scooter outside and drop in. Kick off is at 8.30pm.

  39. The National Physical Laboratory will be opening Bushy House and gardens to the general public on Sunday 22nd September as part of London Open House weekend. The event runs from 10:00am to 5:00pm with science shows on the hour from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Entry is free.

  40. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘Cold War’ (Poland) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 10 September

    Richmond Film Society’s 2019/20 Season opens with ‘Cold War’, Paweł Pawlikowski’s acclaimed and visually stunning drama. A passionate love story between two people from different backgrounds, who are fatefully drawn to each other. Set during the Cold War in the 1950s, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times. Winner of 35 awards worldwide and nominated for three 2019 Oscars – Best Foreign Language Film, Best Direction and Best Cinematography.

    Although membership for the forthcoming 19-film season closed at the beginning of August, with renewals and new joiners having reached the designated cap of 250, tickets are always available to purchase for individual screenings.

    Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (subject to a cap of 60) – in person, by telephone on 020 8240 2399 or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/ . A further 50 or so tickets will be available to purchase on the door on the night of screenings (cash only) on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. The bar opens at 7.00pm, drinks can be brought into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available.

    For further information on the season, please visit http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

  41. Official announcement of 20 mph limit in Borough, Rich & Twick 23 August:
    ..”..in all roads, streets and parts thereof, where any such length of road or street is identified as public highway, with the exception of the Transport of London Network, A308 (excluding Thames St), Lower Sunbury Rd, A310 (between Hampton Wick and Twickenham) and A305 (between Apex Corner and Twickenham). All existing 20 mph speed limits will remain in force…”

  42. On the subject of drinking, where can I find a place that serves espresso martinis at lunchtime? B@1 doesn’t open till 4.30, and my drinking buddy works nights.

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