Archives from September 2010

Strawberry Hill House Reopens 2 October 2010

“An 18th century Gothic castle in Twickenham will open its doors to the public after a £9m restoration project.

Strawberry Hill House, in Waldegrave Road, will officially open to visitors on Saturday after a two-year long restoration on the first phase of the building.

The Grade I listed building was built by the writer and son of Britain’s first Prime Minister, Horace Walpole, between 1747 and 1792 as a Gothic fantasy. It is one of Britain’s finest examples of Georgian Gothic Revival architecture.”

– from The Richmond & Twickenham Times

30 September 2010 | news

Spring Heeled Jack

A group of girls crossing Barnes Common reported that a man dressed in a dark cloak vaulted the railings surrounding the churchyard, tore at their clothing then ran off laughing. Similar assaults took place the following month on Clapham Common. This time the cloaked assailant left footprints showing “machines or springs” built into his shoes. On October 11th a barmaid was assaulted at Blackheath Fair by a man with ‘fiery eyes who spat blues flames and smelt of sulphur’. He too ripped at her clothes with what felt like iron claws then ran off laughing. The barmaid said that “he looked like a nobleman”.

30 September 2010 | around_town

Event Reminder: Nearly New Sale - 2 October 2010

It is time for the 1st St Margarets Scout Troop’s Nearly New Sale at the St Margarets Catholic Church from 12.30 this Saturday, 2nd October 2010.

30 September 2010 | around_town

Richmond Furniture Scheme - Open Day

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30 September 2010 | around_town

The Ghost on Richmond Green

The Richmond and Twickenham Times sold on Saturday 23rd October 1886 was the usual mix of court reports, news items from the surrounding parishes and the familiar advertisements - “Blair’s Gout Pills, the great remedy for Gout, Sciatica and Lumbago”, “Mazawatte Tea - for City Men, Brain Workers and those of weak indigestion”, “Clarke’s B41 Pills, guaranteed to cure all discharges from the urinary tract” and even more unlikely “Messrs Tomlinson, Estate Agents - for houses to be let or sold in St Margarets from £20 to £300 per annum.”

24 September 2010 | around_town

Mrs Moon Crochet Course

Before I start, I must confess to being a complete crochet novice, having never even picked up a crochet hook before…

23 September 2010 | around_town

Monday Night Special at the Turks Head

Every Monday evening, 5pm - 10pm, Eat for £1* at Turks Head.

23 September 2010 | around_town

Event Reminder: Older People's Day 2010

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22 September 2010 | around_town

A Superhero for Our Time

The Return of Wilson

In August Dr. Sharon Lamb from the University of Massachusetts told the annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in San Diego, California, that modern superheroes may not be the best image for boys to look up to if society wants to promote kinder, less stereotypical male behaviours.

16 September 2010 | around_town

Event Reminder: Singing Workshop - 18 September 2010

2x2 opera

16 September 2010 | around_town

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