Archive of posts from June 2011

The Return of the Twang!

Duane and the Rebels

In April 1960 I went with my friend Dave Cooper to Finsbury Park Empire and our very first pop concert. It was a freezing cold rainy night and the Finsbury Park Empire was a dump and within a month of being closed for ever but we didn’t care. We were only 14 and the star of the show that night was our hero, the guitar playing “twang meister” Duane Eddy.

30 June 2011 | around_town

Pop-up Opera at the Turks Head - 12 July 2011


30 June 2011 | around_town

Summer Activities at Orleans House

Coach House Club 1

There is a busy and exciting summer at Orleans House. August will see an extravaganza of materials and techniques with workshops for everybody, from a Textile Tastic workshop for 4-5 year olds and frenzied days of activities for 6-9 and 9-14 year olds, to our Photography Summer School for 12-14 and 15-17 year olds. Read on to find details of these and other activities. Booking essential: Please call 020 8831 6000 or visit our website where you can book online at:

30 June 2011 | around_town

The Hall with Many Names

St Stephens Hall from the Chertsey Road

Anyone who sets out to write a history of the old Hall that stands next to St. Stephen’s School on the Chertsey Road has their work cut out simply because the firm facts are difficult to find. For example…what is the place called? Is it “St. Stephen’s School Hall” as most people think or is it “St Stephen’s Church Hall” as the notice board outside suggests? Could it be “St Stephen’s Mission Hall” as one set of records describe it or is it “St Paul’s Mission Hall” as given in another? Perhaps it is even “St Paul’s Church”? Confusing…

23 June 2011 | around_town

St Stephens' Five-a-Side Tournament


Saturday, the 18th June 2011, was St Stephen Junior School’s annual five-a-side tournament. Each year group had their own mini-round-robin and champion. There were also trophies for ‘best dressed’ and boy and girl of the match. The weather mostly co-operated with only the Year 5 group getting hit with a gale. The day was a huge success.

Well done to all who participated!

23 June 2011 | news

Event Reminder: St Margarets Fair - 16 July 2011


Come celebrate the 33rd annual St Margarets Fair on Moormead Park from noon to 8pm on 16th July 2011.

Every year volunteers organise the following:

  • a full programme of entertainment throughout the day,
  • starting with a popular children’s ‘5-a-side’ football tournament in the morning on Moormead.
  • During the afternoon there is a dog show on little Moormead across Hillview Road.
  • The musical entertainment runs all afternoon on the stage, and we moved the stage further away from the tea tent to help separate the ‘rock’ from the rolls.
  • There are announcements, interviews and music throughout the day from Radio West Middlesex.

17 June 2011 | around_town

A Smarter St Stephen's - 23 June 2011


Plans are underway to transform our school. We’d like to share these plans and listen to your feedback.

All past, present and future parents are invited to join us for a glass of wine at 8.30pm Thursday 23rd June in the St Stephen’s School Hall.

17 June 2011 | around_town

Teacher's Strike Set for 30 June 2011

“Two of Britain’s biggest teaching unions have voted in favour of a strike over changes to pensions, in the first sign of collective opposition to the coalition’s austerity programme.

17 June 2011 | news


London Zoo - scouts

For years Zoos around the world have been facing an apparently unresolvable dilemma. It goes like this…

  1. Young people like visiting zoos, seeing the animals living there and learning about them.
  2. Many of the animals in Zoos are nocturnal which means they are only active at night…
    # Zoos are closed to the public at night .
  3. Young people visiting zoos only get to see about half the creatures living there.

When London Zoo in Regents Park stopped to consider this problem a few years ago they came up with an innovative and exciting solution. They decided to open up the zoo at night, allow young people in to see the nocturnal animals and then let them sleep there. Apart from the excitement of spending the night surrounded by wild animals, the visitors would also have the privilege of seeing animals usually dormant during the day up and about and doing their thing.

The BedBUGS scheme was trailed at London Zoo in 2010 and wheeled out to the public this year. Since its inception over 600 young people have experienced the sleepover and last weekend it was the turn of the 1st St Margarets Cub Pack.

16 June 2011 | around_town

Event Reminder: RFU Strawberry Hill Music & Fun Day - Sunday 26 June 2011


Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham 12noon to 7.30pm. Music stage with 8 bands, charity and craft stalls, children’s rides, beer and food. Only £2 /children free –

16 June 2011 | around_town

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