Archives from June 2019

Mary and Mr Lowry

In the 1980’s, when I lived in Manchester, I had a neighbour - an elderly and singular woman called Mary. Although she lived in dusty shabbiness in a house that hadn’t been decorated since the 1930’s and was in desperate need of rewiring and replumbing the gossip in the street said that Mary was rather wealthy.

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30 June 2019 | around_town

Environment Trust calls for artists to donate art to its Secret Art Sale

Environment Trust, an environment and heritage charity based in South West London, is calling on artists to donate works of art to be sold at their fourth Secret Art Sale in September, to raise money for the charity’s nature and heritage conservation work.

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30 June 2019 | around_town

Volunteer at Turner's House owns tartan painted by J.M.W. Turner

A volunteer at Turner’s House in Twickenham has discovered a very special family connection to their current exhibition of Turner’s illustrations for Sir Walter Scott’s poetry and prose.

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30 June 2019 | around_town

Paper Parking Voucher Scheme to end

The parking voucher system operating in Richmond upon Thames will be converted to the ‘Pay by Phone’ system after the company providing the vouchers went into receivership.

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30 June 2019 | news

Free sanitary products in Richmond schools

A community project which provides free sanitary products for use in schools has launched in Richmond upon Thames.

One in ten girls in the United Kingdom have been unable to afford sanitary products at some point in their lives impacting on school attendance and other activities. The Richmond Children’s and Young People Needs Assessment estimates that between 3,000-4,000 children are living in poverty in the borough.

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30 June 2019 | news

Devastating scale of Heathrow expansion unveiled

The 12-week consultation unveils Heathrow’s plans to lower the M25 for the third runway to cross, reroute rivers, remove swathes of green-belt land for airport buildings and new super-sized car parks.

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20 June 2019 | news

RMT Industrial Action - 18 to 22 June 2019

You may be aware that the RMT union has called strike action for five consecutive days from 18 to 22 June.

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17 June 2019 | news

Clarendon School's viral film

Clarendon School is our local special needs school. It is based in Hampton and Twickenham but children of St Margarets would attend if their child was appropriate.

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15 June 2019 | around_town

Artist Nicky Carvell installs sculptures at Turner House

Turner’s House artist in residence Nicky Carvell will install two new sculptures in June, unveiled in July, inspired by the 19th Century artist and his home in the garden and house which he designed for himself and his father in Twickenham.

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15 June 2019 | news

Difficult Questions

I have just returned from a week’s holiday in Sivota, a small harbour town on the north west coast of mainland Greece, just short of the border with Albania. Although the tourist season had barely started the town was busy with middle aged visitors from across Europe, taking advantage of the lower prices and the general absence of children! Realising that I was British they were keen to ask why the UK had voted to leave the EU. Here are some of their questions…

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9 June 2019 | around_town

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