Archives from December 2015

St Margarets Community Website 2015 Review

As 2015 comes to a close, we wanted to share some quick stats on the year that’s gone by.

31 December 2015 | editorial

Desiderata or Desired Things

Despite what you might have read about the ‘Swinging 60’s’ - ‘free love’, ‘Camberwell carrots’, ‘Sergeant Pepper’ and so on - young people at the time weren’t just interested in sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. For all their long hair, bra burning and “Peace and Love” other things were also grabbing their attention like eastern mysticism, equal rights, the environment and macrobiotic diets and there were plenty of books and poetry around to support their curiosity.

30 December 2015 | around_town

Consultation: Council Tax Reduction Proposal

Current Council Tax Reduction Scheme is set to cost our residents £3.7m a year. Richmond Council is making proposals that would require everyone of a working age (other than vulnerable claimants) to contribute at least 5% towards their Council Tax.

30 December 2015 | news

Consultation: Adult Care Services

Richmond Council is asking older and vulnerable residents and their carers for their views on proposals to change the criteria for receiving financial help from the Council towards the cost of social care services.

30 December 2015 | news

My St Margarets Christmas 2015 Magazine is Online

Read-on for seasonal updates from your cultural neighbours at Turner’s House, Twickenham Studios and Orleans House Gallery; a host of great gift ideas; local historian Martyn Day takes you back to Christmas in 1945; Armstrong’s guide you through the most popular options for Christmas Dinner.

20 December 2015 | news

Cutters is Now Online! Win Cadbury!

To celebrate their new Facebook and Twitter feeds, Cutters of 28 Crown Rd giving-away this gorgeous and delicious Cadbury Hamper!

19 December 2015 | around_town

The Holly and the Ivy

Our modern Christmas celebrations sit firmly on the shoulders of earlier pagan midwinter festivals like Yule and Saturnalia and many of their beliefs and practises remain with us to this day. In fact so popular were many of these pre-Christian customs that in the late 6th century Pope Gregory 1 wrote to Augustine of Canterbury advising him to permit and even encourage their continuing use if they were “pleasing to the Almighty”…

17 December 2015 | around_town

Christmas Church Services in Our Area - 2015

Here is a list of church services for Christmas Eve and Christmas for some local churches in the St Margarets Area.

17 December 2015 | around_town

Local charity appeals for the 'Sweetest Gift'

Jeevika Trust, a small, Hampton Wick-based International Development charity, is appealing to the local community for help with an innovative project this Christmas. The organisation, in partnership with five carefully-selected Indian NGO partners, works to improve rural livelihoods in some of the most deprived regions of rural India through creating income generation opportunities for women and through improving access to clean water, better sanitation, better nutrition and improved healthcare for villagers.

17 December 2015 | around_town

Event Reminder: Antiques and Collectables Valuation Event - 10 March 2016

A special antiques and collectables valuation event will be taking place soon in your area. The experts of Lockdales Auctioneers will be providing free valuations to the public on Thursday 10th March, 10am to 2pm, at York House, Richmond Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 3AA.

17 December 2015 | around_town

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