St Margarets has a unique WWI history! We gave a home in 1914-18 to a massive Belgian refugee community, the largest in Southern England, and our towns developed a real Belgian character. We were called “The Belgian Village on the Thames”. We want to celebrate our Belgian connection with a memorial at the place where most of the Belgians worked. This is not about war, but international friendship.
The Richmond and Twickenham Belgian Refugee Memorial Fund has been opened by the East Twickenham Centennial Group, a voluntary group set up to commemorate Richmond and Twickenham’s Belgian Refugees. East Twickenham was the focus of the Belgian community, as most of the refugees worked here in a Belgian munitions factory beside the river.
They need £8400 for the memorial, on top of our £5000 grant from Richmond Council.