Archive of posts from August 2017

Mr Lightoller goes to Dunkirk

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Is courage something that is always there – flowing constantly and always on hand when needed – or is it something that we must go looking for inside ourselves, in the hope that we’ll find it?

For local resident Charles Herbert Lightoller, late of No. 1, Duck’s Walk, East Twickenham, courage was always there. In 1912, serving as Second Officer aboard the apparently unsinkable ‘Titanic’ he helped save 30 survivors by encouraging them to cling to an upturned boat. Second Officer Lightoller was the last survivor to be pulled from the water

13 August 2017 | around_town

Open House London - Bushy House - 17 September 2017

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Bushy House was built for Edward Proger in the 1660s and was the residence of William, Duke of Clarence (later William IV) and his mistress Dora Jordan. It has been part of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) since 1900.

13 August 2017 | around_town

National art competition coming to Richmond

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A national art competition, looking for the most Contemporary British Painting will be coming to three local art galleries this summer.

The ‘Contemporary British Painting Prize’ is an artist led organisation which explores and promotes current trends in British painting through group exhibitions, talks, publications and the donation of paintings to art museums.

13 August 2017 | news

Give cold callers the cold shoulder

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Vulnerable residents in Richmond upon Thames can send a ‘clear message’ to cold callers with the help of an initiative being rolled out across the borough.

Residents are being offered a free ‘sticker’ which they can display at their front door warning doorstep traders to stay away.

13 August 2017 | news

Cable calls to end 1st Class seats during Waterlook upgrades

Vince Cable, MP for Twickenham, has backed the calls for commuters to get a better deal during the three and half week upgrade work to Waterloo train station taking place this month.

During the upgrade work South West Trains have said they will only pay compensation to train users under the standard arrangements for compensation for excessively late trains that occurs to their much reduced service.

13 August 2017 | news

Deadline looms to apply for a free better boiler

There are just over three weeks left for local home owners who are on benefits, to apply for a London-wide scheme that could see their home energy bills reduced by installing a new, free boiler.

Residents who have inefficient or broken boilers have until 31 August to apply for the Mayor of London’s £1m Better Boilers scheme. If successful, the boiler could be replaced or repaired for free.

13 August 2017 | news

Jobs now available for young people 16+

Young people aged 16 and above looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship in Richmond upon Thames and Kingston are reminded that Way2Work has a number of local opportunities.

Way2Work is an apprenticeship training provider run by Achieving for Children, on behalf of Richmond and Kingston Councils. They offer apprenticeship vacancies and traineeships opportunities for young people aged 16 and above with local employers who value and encourage them to achieve their full potential.

13 August 2017 | news

Free fire alarms for private renters

Over the next few weeks, local fire fighters will be bringing a fire engine and visiting libraries in Teddington, Richmond and Whitton, to host fire safety information stands. Residents can speak to the crew about the day-to-day work of firefighters, the importance of having a smoke alarm at home and pick up hints and tips about making sure that your property is protected from fire.

13 August 2017 | news

All the way from Memphis - 1967

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In the spring of 1967 an unusual package tour flew into Europe from America. Unlike other pop shows on the circuit at the time these artists were mainly black, they all came from Memphis, Tennessee and they all recorded for the same record label, Stax, known locally as “an R&B powerhouse”.

6 August 2017 | around_town

40 years of caring for the tidal Crane

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Crane, yes. But tidal Crane? You could be forgiven for not knowing that the river we glimpse at Moormead and alongside the Cole Park Allotments is tidal in its final stretch from (roughly) the Northcote Road footbridge to the Thames.

6 August 2017 | news

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