Archives from November 2013

A House Divided

As most regular readers of the St Margarets Community Website already know our little corner of Paradise, with its many delights and coffee shops, takes its name from a house that once stood on the river close to where Richmond lock and footbridge now stand. In 1830 Archibald Kennedy, the 1st Marquis of Ailsa, bought Lacy House in Twickenham Park. Despite the fact that many celebrated people like James Lacy, co-owner of the Drury Lane Theatre, the Hon. Sir Edward Walpole, Hon. Mrs Keppell - the widow of the Bishop of Exeter, the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan and the Earl of Warwick had all lived there Archibald Kennedy immediately pulled the house down and built a new one in its place, naming it “St Margarets” - which says a lot about planning permission 1830 style. It was an appropriate name however, what with Archibald Kennedy being Scottish - and St Margaret being the patron saint of Scotland.

30 November 2013 | around_town

Paul Miller to Succeed Sam Walters at the Orange Tree Theatre

We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Miller as the next Artistic Director of the Orange Tree Theatre. He is currently an Associate Director at Sheffield Crucible. He will succeed Sam Walters, who founded the Theatre in 1971, in July 2014.

30 November 2013 | news

Event Reminder: FSS Christmas Party - 11 December 2013

For Sanity’s Sake - the local activity website for kids, are organising a Christmas Party on Wednesday, 11th December 2013 for children 4 months - under 4 years with The Little Gym and The Imagination Den. Dressing up as Santas, elves, reindeers or fairies optional.

26 November 2013 | around_town

Event Reminder: Orleans House Gallery Luxury Christmas Fair - 6 December 2013

This year the Orleans House Christmas Shopping Fair has an added touch of luxury. Not only will visitors be able to choose from a stylish selection of Christmas Gifts and little luxuries, such as organic skin care, handmade chocolates, designer gifts, studio ceramics, books, toys, seasonal foods and contemporary jewellery… they’ll be able to do this in the elegant surroundings of the Coach House and Octagon Room.

26 November 2013 | around_town

My Adventures in Time and Space

This being the 50th anniversary of the first incarnation of ‘Dr. Who’ and me not having been inside the Tardis for over 40 years I think that I can now safely reveal some secrets … although I should add that for the sake of Universal Copyright (“in this world, all known worlds and all worlds yet to be discovered”) this article was written under the terms of the Protocol of Perpetual Silence determined by the Council of Gallifrey on the Doctor’s first incarnation in ED1963.

22 November 2013 | around_town

artsrichmond Young Writers' Festival 2013

artsrichmond’s Young Writers’ Festival is open to all young people who either live or attend schools/clubs in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It is a chance to show off your writing skills in any form: stories, descriptive writing, poems, playlets, lyrics for songs, blogs - whatever your imagination can devise.

22 November 2013 | news

New Primary Free School Planned for St Margarets

Richmond Bridge Primary School is a proposed free school which plans to open in the St Margarets area of Richmond in September 2015. Initially opening with two Reception classes, the school will grow organically to its full capacity of 420 pupils.

22 November 2013 | news

Madge Gill on BBC's Imagine

The Orleans House Gallery Madge Gill exhibition featured in Tuesday’s BBC1 Imagine documentary Turning the Art World Inside Out, which explored the fascinating world of outsider art. If you missed it, watch it here:

21 November 2013 | news

Event Reminder: Winter Open Studios at Redlees Studios

6th to 8th December 2013

17 November 2013 | around_town

Mr Sweeting - The Boy Curate of Nunnely

Victorian novels are awash with clerics of all ranks and persuasions reflecting their prominent and important role in the society of the time. Charlotte Bronte’s second novel “Shirley”, published in 1849 has at least four of them - Mr. Helstone, the rector of Briarfield and his three curates, Mr. Donne, Mr. Malone, and Mr. Sweeting. Apparently they spent their time debating “minute points of ecclesiastical discipline, frivolities which seem as empty as bubbles to all save themselves”… which sounds like fun.

16 November 2013 | around_town

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