Archives from March 2012

The New Station

… or how we nearly came to be living in Ailsa Bridge.

In the 1870’s St Margarets had everything that any small self respecting Victorian suburb might wish for - some shops, a church or two and a pub if you needed one. Although the now familiar streets of two-ups and two-down ‘villas’ hadn’t been built yet, there were still plenty of smart, well appointed houses on tree lined avenues to admire. St Margarets even had a railway line running out from London westwards towards Reading. There was only thing that it didn’t have - a railway station… and this really ticked off the local populace…

29 March 2012 | around_town

Thames Water Hosepipe Ban Starts 4 April 2012

This Notice will come into force at midnight on 4 April 2012 It will remain in force until further notice.

29 March 2012 | news

Event Reminder: From Brahms to The Boyfriend - 21 April 2012

Enjoy an eclectic evening of music and verse all in aid of The Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital. A wonderful local quartet, Dolcedivas4, will be joined by a soloist and pianist as well as scattering of local actors. With music from Brahms to The Boyfriend, there’s bound to be a favourite for you!

29 March 2012 | around_town

Events from Surya

Gentle and Restorative Yoga

29 March 2012 | around_town

Pubs for sale: Old Anchor and Marble Hill

Young & Co Brewery plc, who these days are in truth a pubco that no longer brews any beer, are trying to sell 14 pubs, including the Old Anchor and Marble Hill on Richmond Road. The Old Anchor’s asking price is £650,000 for the freehold (but it is let on a 3-year lease until 2014 for £17000 p.a.). Ominously the agents say ‘The building occupies a large plot and may be suitable for alternative uses, subject to planning permission.’

29 March 2012 | news

Stars join campaign to save film studio

Steven Spielberg, Sir Paul McCartney and Colin Firth are among the celebrities supporting a campaign to stop Twickenham Film Studios closing.

28 March 2012 | news

Richmond & Twickenham Photographic Society: Annual Exhibition 2012 - 4 to 15 April 2012

featuring a Diamond Jubilee presentation of informal photographs of H.M The Queen

This year the Exhibition will include a large selection of informal portraits of Her Majesty by Joan Williams, which will form The Society’s tribute to Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. Many of the photographs have not been seen in public before.

This year’s annual exhibition will include fine art prints and projected digital images, plus the Royal Photographic Society Visual Art Group touring exhibition and exhibition work by students of St Catherine’s Girls School, Twickenham, and a Shop open selling cards and books.

25 March 2012 | around_town

Dig This!

bq. “The standard allotment plot in England and Wales is the ‘10 pole plot’, which if properly husbanded, should feed a family of four for a twelvemonth.”

National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Website

When I first took up my allotment on Cole Park 20 years ago it was like the steppes with small groups of plot holders scattered across a vast undeveloped plain that hadn’t seen spade or billhook since the days of “Dig for Victory”. The only sound was the gentle swish of scythe and click-clack of clippers. The only concession to modernity was the plastic sacks full of horse manure. This was an ageing community, with some members who claimed they had learned to dig on D.Day. My own neighbour warned me never to walk on freshly tilled ground, not because of the seeds that might be growing there, but because of possible land mines!

23 March 2012 | around_town

Update: Save Twickenham Film Studios

Just to update you, Dr Cable has come out in support and we’re meeting him on Monday. He is raising the issue with Jeremy Hunt.

23 March 2012 | around_town

Music at the St Margarets Jubilee Fair

Want to play at the Jubilee Fair?

The St Margarets Jubilee Fair and Street Party Fair takes place on Sunday 3rd June in Crown Road. If you are interesting in showcasing your band or group at the fair please contact Alistair at

23 March 2012 | news

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