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Neal's Yard Galleries have opened another temporary art gallery in Chiswick (10-15 minutes from St Margarets). As always, its in empty, otherwise unused office space, giving a great sized area displaying sculptures, ceramics and paintings; some mainstream, some different! A lot of the work is going on to the Affordable Art Fair if it doesn't sell in Chiswick.
Went last week, it was superb! Some really fantastic pieces of art and a really great use of space...oh and it was free!!! Definitely worth a visit!
well worth a trip - really eclectic work of art, a lot of them new and starting out..
There's still some places in our Thu morning (10.30-11.15am) Cookie Tots class at Winchester Hall.
They are full of fun, singing, dancing, playing games and learning about healthy food...as well as cooking a delicious meal to take home.
We also do a tasting session at the end.
For more information please contact
Veronika, Kiddy Cook Twickenham
does anyone know what is going to happen to the shop vacated by the Village Cafe, opposite the station?
This is just a line for everyone who has admired Dini as he has trotted around St Margarets over the past seven years.
For the past three years he has been living in Southampton but he has been a frequent visitor and I know a lot of people look out for him.
He returned here last month but he was quite old by then. Last week he became unable to walk properly. The vet said that he was coming to the end of his life and that there was nothing we could do. He died, peacefully in his sleep, on Friday night.
He is much missed.
If you were in Crown Road on a recent Sunday, you might have wondered why a couple were dancing the tango down the pavement. Well, they were putting together two minutes of film for the 'I Love St Margarets' competition. They didn't win: but their efforts do now appear on the 'My St Margarets' website. Check it out. (You'll need to scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Tom and Tammy have been trying to get a tango group running in St Margarets for over a year but although there are plenty of women wanting to dance, there's not enough men to make a group viable. They hope that the video will show that tango is fun for everyone. Meanwhile, until there are enough men to run group classes, Tom is still teaching privately to people who want to get started in the dance.
If you want to know more about tango, feel free to contact Tom here or on TWTPR@aol.com.
OK, the link is far from clear. You have to go through loads of sub-menus to find it on the My St Margarets site, so it's probably easier just to go direct to YouTube. Either type 'St Margarets Mon Amour' into YouTube's search box or go direct to www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py6SEHOVG5k
Marble Hill Playcentres are having their AGM at 7.00pm on Thursday 18 March. It will be held at the One O'Clock Club in Marble Hill Park. We would welcome all parents to come to the One O'Clock Club to see what we can offer there and hear our plans for the year ahead.
There will be biscuits.
Marble Hill Placentres are also looking for VOLUNTEERS to serve on the COMMITTEE. We are hoping to find people with an enthusiasm for organisation and a willingness to get involved with staff in developing the facilities and strengthening our funding.
You will need to attend one or two committee meetings a month (at Marble Hill in summer and nearby in winter) but, more importantly, to contribute to developments between meetings. Marble Hill Playcentres is not just a place for children to play: it is a £100,000 business, employing up to 20 people. Committee members need to be able to take responsibility for key decisions affecting the One O'Clock Club and Adventure Playground. You will be offered training and help to build your skills as well as the support of our paid staff.
The position is voluntary but expenses (including babysitting) are payable.
Your initial commitment would be for just one year but we would hope that people will want to continue their involvement beyond that.
If you are interested, please contact the Chair, Sarah Liquorish by phone (88926732) or email ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
My neighbour recently got a parking ticket because his in-date resident's CPZ permit had fallen onto the dashboard and slipped down between the dash and the windscreen. This counted as "not clearly displayed".
My builder got a parking ticket because his valid residents visitor's permit "was not clearly displayed". In his case the wind had blown it onto the very front of the dash when he opened the car door and the relevant time period on the bottom was obscured by the smoked glass surround on the windscreen if viewed from the pavement.
The only way their permits could be said to not be visible was if they had been glanced at from the pavement and even then the fact they were in date was clear.
The builder said this is the second time this has happened to him which is why he had been careful to display it in full view on the dash. On the previous occasion he appealed and was sent a fuzzy black and white photo in which it is clear that the in date permit had slipped to the front of the dash so that the bottom edge was below the smoked glass windscreen surround.
We know that Richmond parking attendents have targets to meet and it seems this is being achieved by finding a valid parking permit which has slipped forward on the dash, viewing it at an angle at which the bottom end cannot be seen and then issuing a ticket on the grounds it is not clearly displayed. You have been warned.
Last Wednesday was national Playday and we celebrated at Marble Hill Playcentres with a day of free events, ranging from a giant playdough extravaganza (with playdough mixed in a cement mixer) to mural painting and toasting marshmallows over the fire. It was a chance for parents to try out the rope swings and zip wires of the Adventure Playground, where adults - except for the trained playworker team - are usually banned.
We had over 100 0-5s spending the afternoon at the One O'Clock Club with their parents while 261 over 5s played in the Adventure Playground.
If you missed it, the Marble Hill Playcentres are open Monday to Friday for the rest of the holidays. The Adventure Playground is open from 11.00 to 6.00 and the One O'Clock Club from 1.00 to 4.00.
Admission to the Adventure Playground is £3 a day but we are introducing a special SUMMER SEASON TICKET which allows your child to use the Adventure Playground as much as they want during the holidays for just £20.
Does anyone know what is happening to the Cheyne Galleries now (Crown Road)? Has it been let and if not who is the contact for enquiries?
Thanks for any info!
This may be just one of the many cases of bad experiences concerning estate agents and vendors, but I feel it's important to bring to the attention of anyone who may be considering buying a property in St Margarets at the moment.
A few months ago my friend put an offer down on a property right next to St Margarets station, 200B Amyand Park Road to be precise. The property was handled via Chase Buchanan (office directly opposite the station). The offer was accepted and a few days later my friend and the vendor began the process of completing the sale. Both parties' solicitors began their communication and everything was going smoothly. About 3 or 4 weeks later the valuation was underway. At no point during this time did the vendor notify his solicitors or agent of any change of heart to selling the property, but a week after the survey results were in, the vendor expressed that he was having second thoughts about selling, and eventually decided to pull-out of the sale, quoting the reason that he now believes he is 'under-selling'.
My friend had obviously already at this point paid part of her solicitor's fee, mortgage booking fee and valuation fee, totalling just under a grand. And the vendor decided to take full advantage of the currently flawed English legal system that provides no protection to buyers, and declined reimbursing any of the fees occurred due to his simple greediness.
Chase Buchanan apologised profusely for the vendor's actions, stating their unawareness of the vendor's uncertainty about the agreement, and stated that they would refuse to deal with the vendor again as a result of this matter. My friend's naivety bought this spiel and she then continued viewing other properties with the same agent. And it comes as no surprise to me that a couple of days ago this property is now back on the market, advertised through the same agent.
The purpose of this note is not to put you off purchasing a property, but simply to make you aware of this particular incident and to urge anyone who may be interested in this particular property or agent to consider carefully.
And just another 'beware', the survey results for 200B Amyand Park Road cited unsatisfactory electrical installation, with estimated repairs to be around £1,000.
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