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Including back copies of the Eel Pie Magazine, and towards the bottom of the page, listings of meetings dating back to 1977.

Recent Events:

Thursday 16th May 2013 - AGM and talk by Catherine Parry-Wingfield, 'Turner and the Thames'

Catherine is a prominent art historian. With others, she is working with the Turner's House Trust on the restoration of artist JMW Turner's house, Sandycombe Lodge in East Twickenham. Website: www.turnerintwickenham.org.uk

Twickenham Society Talk, Thursday 11th April 2013 - Lots Ait – A Working Island once again

Our speaker John Watson has realised a lifetime ambition by setting up a community boatyard on Lots Ait in Brentford. John set about restoring facilities which have been unused and derelict for nearly 40 years. In this talk, John took us through the prior history of the yard, his challenges and accomplishments to date, and plans for the future of this exciting project. This meeting was held jointly with the Upper Tideway Branch of the River Thames Society and the Brentford and Chiswick Local History Society

Twickenham Society Talk, Thursday 21st February 2013 - Sue Hamilton-Miller: the occupants of Richmond House from the 17th to the 18th Century

Puritans, Royalists, Quakers, Huguenots, slave owners, factory owners, military men and many more amazing people all go towards making up the history of a house that stood in the very centre of Twickenham for more than three hundred and fifty years. Yet it's a house that very few people have even heard of – Richmond House. And where was this house? On Twickenham Riverside, opposite Eel Pie Island, where the old swimming pool used to be. The first lecture will cover the seventeenth and eighteenth century, with the second lecture a little later at a date still to be confirmed.
More information on the House on the Twickenham Alive website

HANDS Charities Fair, Twickenham Green, Monday 4 June 2012

Twickenham Society stall at the 2012 HANDS fair

The weather was consistent for the Diamond Jubilee weekend: cold and cloudy, with intermittent patches of blue sky and warm sunshine. The Twick Soc stall was very popular, as always, and very busy, raising £94.00. Many thanks to everyone who made donations to the Society.

Saturday 2 July, 2011: Visit to the RFU's Twickenham Stadium

Twickenham Society Members at the RFU
Twickenham Society members on the ground at the RFU. Photo by Sue Hamilton-Miller

Doug Orchard, Chairman of the Twickenham Society, reports:
Fraser Cullen met us at the RFU HQ and gave us a tour of the new building including the offices. He then handed over to one of the tour guides who showed us around the training rooms, the pitch from a hundred feet up and the royal box, finishing off with a tour of the museum.

The interior decor and finish is to a very high standard and very tastefully done. A lot of thought has gone into the design, not only of the ground but also the internal furnishings with some very nice historical paintings of rugby through the years and old photographs showing how things were.

The ground is a credit to the Borough but also Twickenham and puts us on the map as Twickenham is known throughout the world because of the RFU and of course it brings business and employment to the Borough, something we should all be proud of!

Monday 30 May 2011: HANDS Charity Fair, Twickenham Green

Twick Soc stall at 2011 May Fair   This year, the weather was especially kind for the HANDS charity May Fair. A large number of charities took part, and huge numbers of people turned up.

The Society raised £95.65 from donated books, CDs and DVDs. Thanks to everyone who contributed to making the day a success.

Please note: the Twickenham Society isn't involved in organising the May Fair. That's done by HANDS - Help a Neighbour in Distress - whose website and contact details are at www.acbe.co.uk/ncg/hands

  HANDS May Fair, Twickenham Green, 2011

May 2011: Indian Evening

The third Indian evening at St Margarets Church Hall was very successful, with "Bollywood dancers", music and Indian cuisine. The evening was a joint event between the Twickenham Society, the the Rotary Club of Twickenham, and St Margarets Catholic Church.

February 2011: Tony Arbour, JP: Being a member of the GLA

Tony Arbour gave a fascinating talk about the GLA and how it works. He was GLC member for Surbiton between 1983 and 1986. He was first elected councillor for Hampton Wick in 1971, and he was the leader of Richmond Council from 2002-2006. Since 2000, he's been a member of the GLA representing south West London (consisting of Hounslow, the Royal Boroughs of Kingston upon Thames and Richmond upon Thames).

His GLA Responsibilities include membership in the Business Management Appointments Committee, and the Confirmations Hearing Committee. He's a spokesman on Economic Development, a member of the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) and the Planning & Housing Committee and the Standards Committee.

His special concerns are: improving the environment and safety of the boroughs of Hounslow, Kingston upon Thames and Richmond upon Thames; Greater London planning matters; improving access to the River Thames and increasing its use; cutting police bureaucracy and red tape and using the police to make London safer; and transport issues.

January 2011: Artist Lee Campbell, on Making a Picture

New Zealand-born Lee Campbell has quite a varied career. She trained at the Chelsea College of Art, and works on Eel Pie Island, where she has her studio. She does very large commissions like drawing the refitting of the Savoy, the new Shard building in Southwark, as well as teaching and coaching. In a fascinating talk, she described how she works and the media she uses. Her website is here, and we are delighted that she came to speak to us.

November 2010: Marine biologist Joe Pecorelli, "The Ecology of the Upper Tidal Thames"

Joe is an authority on freshwater marine life. He won the John Coleman Trophy at the River Thames Society Awards of 2009. He talked about the very-much-alive wild life that are exposed during the annual "Draw Off", the invasive species in the river, and the state of the eel population. This event was held in conjunction with the River Thames Society, and was an excellent and illuminating experience.

With thanks to the Twickenham Yacht Club for their hospitality; it was an excellent evening and much enjoyed by all who attended.

Twickenham Talk, October, 2010 - The Thames Tideway Tunnel

The meeting in Twickenham Library was well attended, with a sprinkling of very welcome guests.

Doug Orchard began proceedings by presenting newlyweds John Bell and Jane Smith with their wedding present from the Society. Both are members of long standing, and John served on the committee for many years. We wish them well in their new lives together.

The evening's guest speaker was Malcolm Orford, Senior Project Manager of the Thames Tideway Tunnel. In a very informative talk, Malcolm outlined the history of London's sewage system, and the pressure it is now under, with increased population and increased water use (washing machines, dishwashers, etc) plus the decreased land space for water to soak in, with paved gardens, and increased areas of housing. In an average year 39 million tonnes of untreated sewage are released into the Thames, through the 57 CSOs – Combined Sewage overflows.

The planned Thames Tideway Tunnel will run eastwards under the Thames from Acton and take up most of the output from the CSOs. The Tunnel itself will be 7.2 metres in diameter, up to 75 metres deep and approximately 22 kilometres (14 miles) long. The cost is projected to be around £3.6bn, which will have to be met by Thames Water customers. Yes, it will be expensive, but the alternative, as London's population continues to grow, is unthinkable.

The audience Q&A was quite lively, and brought informative responses. Some of the questions asked were:

  1. Why won't the Tideway Tunnel extend to Mogden?
  2. What will happen to Mogden sewage outflows when the Tunnel's built?
  3. Is the sewage treatment plant at Beckton being upgraded?
  4. Is the Tunnel's capacity geared to the projected growth of population?
  5. What will happen with the continuing discharge from CSOs not connected to the Tunnel?
  6. How will Tunnel construction spoil be taken away? What will be done with it?
  7. With population growth increasing areas paved, how will outflows be dealt with?
  8. Can combined sewers be legislated?
  9. Will the construction mean that there will be new wharves along the river? Will these be available for public use after construction?
  10. Is there any prohibition against flats and dense development on the land around the new Tunnel entrance sites?

For more information and some of the videos Malcolm used in his talk, and to give YOUR views on the Tunnel, see: www.thamestunnelconsultation.co.uk/what-we-are-doing.aspx

At the close of the evening, the Chairman thanked the speaker and the local branch of Starbucks who provided the tea and coffee for the evening. Thanks are also due to the Head Librarian, Kim Hatcher, for arranging for us to use the elegant former Lecture room for the evening.

Council Consultation on the Future of Twickenham

The council consultation for residents on the future of Twickenham drew more than 800 people over the three days, 22-24 July. Jack Betteridge, Doug Orchard and Yvonne Hewett represented the Society on the Saturday, and were very glad we'd taken the time to be there: it was good to talk to so many people and hopefully draw new members to the Society.

Council report on the consultation
Proposed building heights for the area around the station

Visit Report: West Waste on 24 June

  West Waste - Twickenham Society Group. Photo © Yvonne Hewett
The Twickenham Society group, left to right: Jack Betteridge, Peter Butler, Teresa Read, Scott Naylor, Doug Orchard (Chairman), Joyce Kershaw, Meg Wright, Jim Brennan (West London Waste Authority), Jane Smith, Paul Kershaw, John Bell

On 24th June, the Twickenham Society had a unique opportunity for a guided tour of the Brentford Waste Transfer Station, run by the West London Waste Authority. The Authority undertakes waste disposal for 6 boroughs - Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond-upon-Thames - through three waste transfer stations that take in the waste from the boroughs. Much of the material comes from disposal areas like Townmead, and from rubbish collection. It also comes from house clearances and disposals, and as garden waste.

The operation at Brentford is huge. Green waste is treated separately, shredded, and packed into containers for shipping out by rail. The non-green material - for example, as delivered by garbage trucks - is put through a system of massive hoppers where it's compressed and packed into containers, again to be shipped out by rail to landfill sites.

We were very impressed by the speed and efficiency of the operation, and - despite its size and the amount of material it handles in a week - the lack of smell and the overall tidiness.

Our guides on the day were Jim Brennan and Alan Lyons, and we're very grateful to them for their time and hospitality. Jim has agreed to give a talk to the Society at a members' meeting in September, which will provide further details and background on the waste management process for this area. The date and location of the meeting will be posted as soon as they're confirmed.

  West Waste - compacting area
The Twickenham Society group in the compacting area

The HANDS Charity May Fair, Twickenham Green, Monday 31 May 2010

HANDS May Fair, 31 May.  Photo © Yvonne Hewett
The Twickenham Society stall at the HANDS May Fair
  This year's May Fair was hugely popular, and probably had the best attendance for many years. And though the weather was cloudy and cool, the day stayed dry!

The Twickenham Society stall was constantly busy, from the time we started to set up to the end of the day. Doug Orchard, Jack Betteridge, Philip Morgan and Yvonne Hewett were on the stall, with guidance and able assistance from Jane Smith.

Again this year, we were fortunate to have some excellent donations, including the set of CDs of the entire Ring Cycle. Altogether we raised £165.80.

Thanks to everyone who came by the stall - and to those who bought and/or made contributions.

Sat 1 May, 2010 - Indian Evening

The sell-out crowd for the Indian evening. Photo  © Yvonne Hewett
The sell-out crowd for the Indian evening

This year's Indian evening was a tremendous success, and raised over £1,400 for charity.

Once again, this was a joint event between the Twickenham Society, the the Rotary Club of Twickenham, and St Margarets Catholic Church.

Perminder Tamana was the able Master of Ceremonies, and the food, masterminded by Mrs Surinder Tamana, was excellent.

Raziya's group of dancers provided the entertainment, and rounded off a splendid evening that was enjoyed by all.

Dancer in Raziya's group. Photo © Yvonne Hewett
Surinder and Davinder. Photo © Yvonne Hewett
Surinder Tamana (left) and Davinder Kaur Gill. The food was wonderful
  Davinder, Pindi, Rodney. Photo © Yvonne Hewett
The organisers: Davinder Singh Tamana, Perminder Singh Tamana, Rodney Bennett


The River Crane: a guided walk - Sun 18 April, 2010

Rob Gray, Chair of FORCE (Friends of the River Crane Environment), led the walk which started at Twickenham Station and took in the problems of that area and the possibilities arising from the redevelopment of the sorting office. The group of over 20 then moved upstream to look at the park in Craneford way, how the Marsh Farm Road allotments have gone from strength to strength, and the nature reserves and paths along the river away from the centre of Twickenham and into Crane Park itself. Much work has been done in Kneller Gardens, and more is planned, including - hopefully - toilets and a café to open this year.

More than 20 people came on the walk, and it was much enjoyed by all. Thanks to Rob Gray for leading it.

Planning Twickenham: talk by Roy Summers, Assistant Development Control Manager, Planning Department, LBRuT, 20 Jan 2010

Drawing in his 35 years' experience working in planning, Roy gave a very entertaining talk about working in Richmond upon Thames and the changes that have been made to the planning process. Richmond's planning department is one of the ten busiest in the country for receiving incoming applications. There are over 1200 listed buildings in the borough, and substantial conservation areas, and over half of all applications relate to domestic properties.

Roy outlined how the national, regional and local planning processes work, and the differences between the existing UDP and its replacement, the LDF (Local Development Framework) which is currently under consultation.

Many of the recent changes in planning legislation have been designed to streamline the process, cut down on red tape, and speed applications through. “Permitted development” policy, for work which doesn't require permission, is still being settled, and can be subject to interpretation: factors which have to be taken into account are design, overlooking, parking, renewable energy, and sustainability.

Roy then talked us through the stages of the planning process, from receipt of application, consultation with neighbours, stakeholders and statutory bodies, site visits, a check on the planning history, necessary reports (flooding, etc). 91-92% of applications are decided by officers; the other 8-9% go to planning committee, generally the contentious ones. The planning committee – made up of council members – doesn't have to accept the officers' recommendations to accept or reject an application: a recent case is the hotel beside Regal House, which the officer recommended should receive planning permission, and the committee rejected. It has now gone to a planning inquiry.

Appeals are made to PINS, the planning authority, and heard by a planning inspector. The planning department has a good record at winning appeals. Where there is a breach of planning control, legal proceedings are taken: eg changes beyond approved plans, attacks on protected trees, altering buildings without conservation area consent. Building Control department is in charge of follow-up, working with the planning department.

Changes have been made to the process in the last couple of years: on large developments, a planning officer's advice is now charged for, though it's free to residents. Much information is available on the government and council websites. Planning application forms have now been standardised for the whole country, and guidance has been issued on sustainable construction with a check-list. Section 106 agreements continue to be important, with a leaning towards education, play space, transport infrastructure and primary health care.

Questions from the audience ranged from the extent of changes permitted by householders (eg roof extensions), to the need for vigilance by members of the community if they spot a violation to planning permission (to be reported to the planning department), to concern for planning beside the River Thames and worries that Richmond's policy may be watered down with the new Local Development Framework. Peter Rathmel, a colleague of Roy's who works in planning policy, said that the LDF will maintain the strength to protect the river in the Thames Cultural Area. For more, see www.london.gov.uk/shaping-london/london-plan/docs/london-plan.pdf (nb this is a 284-page .pdf, 3.54MB - may be slow to download)

Other questions included the amount of authority the Mayor of London now has in development matters (he's still a court of appeal), and the difficulty in viewing plans and drawings other than in paper hard copies – the move to everything online, though generally welcomed, has its drawbacks.

At the end of questions, the Chairman Doug Orchard thanked Roy for taking the time to come talk to the Society, and the audience gave him a warm round of applause.

Visit to Kew Bridge Steam Museum, 22 November 2009

The Hathorn Davey Triple Expansion Engine at Kew Steam Museum
The Hathorn Davey Triple Expansion Engine, manufactured 1910, and admirers Doug Orchard, Clive Evans, John Bell and Jack Betteridge
  Society members had a highly enjoyable visit to the Steam Museum, with a comprehensive guided tour by Clive Evans, one of the volunteers.

The museum is a fascinating historical place, once one of the main pumping stations for London's water supply.

Clive gave us an update on the latest projects and a chance to see the exquisite, smaller engines in action.

For information on the Museum, and information on booking guided tours, see the website, www.kbsm.org

Report on the Twickenham Talk by Liz Rice, Twickenham Town Centre Manager

21 October, 2009 at the Cricket Club, Twickenham Green

Coming new into a long-established community can never be easy, but Liz Rice, the new Town Centre Manager, has embraced the job with energy and enthusiasm. In a lively and broad-ranging talk, she outlined what she wants to achieve to increase the viability of the town centre, which in common with many town centres throughout the UK, is going through difficult times.

The Twickenham Town Centre Management Board was established in 1998, as part of a strategy to boost vitality within the town and to improve the economic sustainability of the area. Five strategic objectives have been established through a process of consultation with local businesses, residents, community organisation and the council. As well as the Manager, the Town Centre Management Board (TCMB) has three working groups:

  • Promotions and Events, chaired by John Austin, who's also chair of the Town Centre Management Board
  • Transport and Environment, chaired by John Bell
  • Inward Investment, chaired by John Armstrong

The Board covers an area including the Heath Road, London Road, King Street, Church Street, York Street and the Embankment. Some activities may take place on peripheral areas such as Twickenham Green

Liz's vision is of a prosperous town centre with high quality retailers with a strong brand, or independent, useful shops. To address the problem of the number of empty shops - including some quite large premises, like Woolworth's, Rosebys, and many small ones, she has started an empty shops initiative. A major problem is over 150 landlords own the business premises in the centre of Twickenham, and to address that, in October she convened a meeting with as many landlords as possible. The event, chaired by Vince Cable, was quite successful, though it pointed up the problems of dealing with large investment corporations and pension funds for whom one empty shop poses no worries. Liz has also had talks with the owners and operators of the small, individually-owned shops.

She outlined the problems of the town centre: the large number of empty shops and charity shops, the problems of access and parking, the poor self-image of the centre, and the steps she and the working groups are taking to make it a better place. An inward investment marketing scheme is being put into place. This focuses on property directors and independent retailers, and the aim is to match empty shops to potential retailers.

She is also looking at improvements in accessing the town centre, with better signposting especially to the available parking, and the new Transport for London system of legible London signeage.

Raising the profile and image of the town centre is a priority. This is already under way with the hugely successful farmers' market every Saturday (which draws around 1,000 people), and promotional events like the Twickenham Festival. In 2010 the Twickenham guide will include the guide to the Festival. A newsletter for high street traders has been produced by the Inward Investment group, and two issues have already gone out. The TCMB's website is being enhanced and enlarged. This year the Christmas lights were switched on at 17.30 on 27 November outside Barclays Bank, with festivities in Church Street between 16.00 and 19.00. The following day was a special Christmas shopping event, with local shops and restaurants giving discounts and special offers. UPDATE: the Christmas events were very successful this year, with an attendance of over 2,000 people!

Another of Liz's main priorities is achieving a quality environment in Twickenham. The possibility of a cinema was raised, which could go on the sorting office site when that's redeveloped. Shop front maintenance and caring for the appearance of empty shops has been discussed with the landlords - even if a shop's untenanted, it doesn't have to look scruffy, and Liz is working to make the town look better. A survey is being done of agents' boards, to see if they can be taken down, to improve the look of the main streets.

Twickenham riverside and the delay till after the election were discussed. Liz is in favour of the old poolsite being redeveloped and she welcomes the extra time for discussion: many people don't know what is being planned, and what's in the planning guidance.

Working with local community organisations is another priority, and Liz said she's trying to speak to as many groups and amenity societies as possible, and setting up email contacts. She's encouraging people to join the working groups. A big win this year for Twickenham was the Borough in Bloom competition, organised by Pat Schooling, with Church Street doing very well in the awards.

The question and answer session brought up what contribution Liz had made to the consultation on the new Local Development Framework (LDF) on the town centre. She replied that she had written a report and attended the meetings, and the results of the consultation are still being collated. Most people know what they want, and most want the same thing.

The report by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) came up. Liz said that the report had been commissioned before she came into the job, and the cost, £7,000, was in keeping with that kind of report. There was a brief discussion on the contents, which were not universally accepted, though some would like to see a meeting to discuss the proposals especially relating to the riverside.

The question of the hotel beside Regal House came up. It is now going to a planning hearing (in January 2010). Liz is broadly in favour of it.

That rounded off a very good evening, and Jack Betteridge, chairing in place of Doug Orchard, thanked Liz for her time and coming to speak to the Society.

Useful links:
Town Centre Management Board
the Board's 2009-2010 Action Plan
Report by NEF

Twickenham Talk: the River Crane, Wed 17 June 2009

The Shot Tower. Photograph by Yvonne Hewett
The Shot Tower on the River Crane

Kingfisher bench, Crane Park. Photograph by Yvonne Hewett
Kingfisher Bench, Crane Park

  The guest speaker was Rob Gray, the chair of FORCE (Friends of the River Crane Environment). Rob gave a fascinating talk about Twickenham's unknown river, the Crane - and its tributary, the Duke of Northumberland's River. Crane Park currently extends for around 2.5km between Hanworth Road in the west and Meadway in the east, covering some 35 Ha of which 25 Ha is within Richmond Borough and the remainder in Hounslow.

The park consists of woodland and meadow, including Crane Park Island Nature Reserve managed by London Wildlife Trust, and the Shot Tower. The Crane Corridor is a Site of Metropolitan Importance, and covers 130 Ha including Hounslow Heath. It forms part of the West London Green Chain, arguably the longest and most complete wildlife corridor in London, extending some 30km from Harrow in North London to the River Thames in Isleworth.

FORCE was founded in 2003, in response to a threatened change to the UDP which would have made the then derelict Mereway allotments available for housing. Instead, the former allotments were designated as open space, and FORCE volunteers had the joyful task of removing 15 skips full of rubbish. Now the site is a thriving and popular nature reserve, home to many varieties of plants, animals and insects, and a favourite with walkers and nature lovers.

Recognising the potential of the rest of the river's margins and open spaces, since 2004, FORCE has been working to develop the park for wider public use - one of its problems is that people simply don't know it exists, and the entrances and some of the banks have been badly neglected.

The park's profile was raised significantly when it became eligible for the Mayor of London's priority parks competition. Over 6600 people voted for it, with the result that £400,000 of funding will be made available. The intention is to create, over the next three to five years, a new park of around three times the size of the current one, extending along the River Crane to link Twickenham station with Hounslow Heath.

Rob is to be thanked for his excellent and illuminating talk, and the question and answer session afterwards raised may good points about the industrial archaeology of this area, and the potential of the Feltham Marshalling Yards. The Crane Valley Park project is being managed by a steering group chaired by FORCE and with representation from Richmond and Hounslow Councils as well as London Wildlife Trust.

They have now produced a report into the Feasibility Study for Crane Valley Park. A pdf version can be downloaded from FORCE website, www.force.org.uk. The Executive summary (.pdf, 6 pages including map, 824KB) and a map of the park (.pdf, one page, 149KB) are available here.

12 June, 2009: "Twickenham Riverside Proposals " - a joint letter to the Richmond and Twickenham Times from the Chairs of the River Thames Society (Upper Tideway Branch), the York House Society, the Twickenham Society, and the Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames, about the influx of new members all the societies are experiencing - downloadable here (.pdf, 2 pages, 41KB)

HANDS Charity May Fair, Bank Holiday Monday 25 May, 2009

Twick Soc stall with new banners   John Bell talking to the new Mayor

This year's HANDS charity fair was a tremendous success and seemed to be enjoyed by everyone who attended. Aside from a slight wobble around 10.00am the weather was spectacularly good, with blazing sunshine in the afternoon. The Twick Soc stall was constantly busy, and this year we had enough people to cope with the traffic: Doug Orchard, John Bell, Jane Smith, Pindi Tamana, Philip Morgan, Yvonne Hewett and Rodney Bennett. The swan design for the new banners was done by artist Mike Beare.

We were fortunate to have a large number of very high quality donations, and at the end of the day found that we'd brought in over £220.00. Thanks to everyone who contributed, and everyone who stopped at the stall to buy, or just to have a chat (and preferably, both). As always, Maureen Payan is to be congratulated for her flawless organising: it was a wonderful day.

Sixth Cross Road Allotments Group celebrates!

Allotments chair Alan Billany; Doug Orchard; Jackie Dungate, Allotments Officer LBRuT; Nigel Cooper, Thames Community Foundation. Photograph by Yvonne Hewett
(left to right) Sixth Cross Road Allotments Chairman Alan Billany with Doug Orchard; Jackie Dungate, the Allotments Officer for LBRuT; and Nigel Cooper from the Thames Community Foundation
  Sixth Cross Road Allotments Group. Photograph by Yvonne Hewett

On Saturday, 16 May, Doug Orchard cut the ribbon opening the new clubhouse for the Sixth Cross Road Allotments. The clubhouse will be heated, with cooking facilities and a fridge, and it will give the group a social centre and place to have a hot drink in cold weather.

The clubhouse has been made possible by a £5,000 grant from the Thames Community Foundation, and the Twickenham Society was pleased to add its endorsement to the application.

PAST MEETINGS: The Society's AGM, Wednesday 22 April 2009

Guest speaker: Tony McSweeney, "Hidden Twickenham"

Tony McSweeny capturing Hidden Twickenham. Picture by Yvonne Hewett
Tony McSweeny capturing some Hidden Twickenham
  The meeting at the cricket pavilion on Twickenham Green was very well attended, and we were delighted to welcome guests from several other societies.

Photographer and artist Tony McSweeney gave a fascinating presentation on the quirky, interesting and strange places and things he's found in Twickenham, ranging from the fire insurance plaques that abound in the Church Street area to the loggia at Thames Eyot, the Kilmorey Mausoleum, rare manhole covers by Thomas Crapper, and an elegant bridge in the rarely-seen St Margaret's pleasure grounds, to Pope's Grotto. He finished with some examples of his own artwork. Hopefully he'll be turning his photos of the things he's found into a book, a special guide to local treasures and treats.

Main items on the AGM's agenda were the re-election of the committee:

  • Chair: Doug Orchard
  • Vice Chair: John Bell
  • Vice Chair: Jack Betteridge
  • Treasurer and Membership Secretary: Rodney Bennett
  • Secretary and Webmaster: Yvonne Hewett
  • Social Secretary: Perminder Tamana
  • Environment: Philip Morgan

A list of events is being developed. It will be sent to members and posted here as soon as it's firmed up.

25 March, 2009

Meeting: Twickenham Poolsite - the Council's consultation

32 members of the Society met in the Twickenham Club on 25 March, to consider the three schemes proposed by developers for the derelict poolsite. The purpose of the meeting was to solicit members' opinions on the three schemes, for the Committee to feed into the consultation process.

Paul Chadwick, Assistant Director, Property and Procurement, LBRuT, was the guest speaker, with Jon Pinkerton from Knight, Frank and Anthony Benson, Urban Practitioners. Paul introduced the three schemes and gave an overview on the way forward.

Architects Derek Plummer and Robert Bowcock, long-time Twick Soc members who have both been involved in the 28-year struggle over developing the poolsite, gave their opinions on the three schemes, and Derek Plummer give a comprehensive account of his involvement in the long and wearying process.

The three schemes being looked at are: Countryside Properties (architect Clive Chapman, who lives on Eel Pie Island and has long been involved in the riverside); Quad/Ellmer (a team of architects in Richmond, who do many high-quality, small-scale housing developments locally); and Osborne Group. See the Council website for the plans from the developers.

Following discussions, the members were asked to complete a questionnaire that would inform the Committee's report to the Council. Of the 28 valid forms received, 18 favoured development and 10 were against. Of those 10, none of the five who had joined the Society in the previous month commented on the qualitative issues such as the River Centre, the playground, parking, open space, and extra housing.

Conclusions drawn from the results of the questionnaires are:

  1. A clear majority of Society members are in favour of development.
  1. Countryside is a clear favourite, with Quad second. Many people registered only a first choice.
  1. Members want to go ahead with the development and get on with it.
  1. Though there is apprehension about the effects of the credit crunch, there is a desire to continue
  1. The River Centre, the playground, and maintaining the proportion of open space are extremely important.

The next stage will be the Cabinet meeting on 27 April, when the Council will nominate their preferred developer.

Editor's note: on 27 April, the Cabinet chose to go ahead with the Countryside Properties scheme.

Friday 6 March, 2009


Members of the Society had a splendid time as East met East Twickenham.

Pindar Singh Tamana, picture by Yvonne Hewett More than 120 members of the Twickenham Society and the Rotary Club of Twickenham had a splendid night's entertainment at the Indian Evening at St Margaret's Catholic Church Hall.

The evening was organised by Pindi Tamana - who let it be known, in full costume, that he is actually Perminder Singh Tamana.
Popular food. Picture by Yvonne Hewett
The evening began with a varied and excellent Indian meal, cooked and served by Mrs Surinder Tamana, Mrs Jyoti Tamana, Mrs Virdee, and Ms Manju Main, assisted by Davinder Tamana. The food was wonderful! Picture by David Martin
Rani and her band, picture by Yvonne Hewett Then came Rani and her band (singer Rani K Juttla, tabla player Harkirat S Ghatoray), performing classical songs accompanied by breathtaking virtuoso drumming that held the audience spellbound.

For many of us, the climax of the evening was the dancing by Raziya's group. The dances ranged from a classical solo, beautifully costumed, through traditional dances to more modern ones, and ended with high-energy and high velocity Bollywood numbers that had all the audience clapping along.

The dancers were: Raziya Mawji, Adam Mawji, Alisha Virani, Sameer Direcha, Naushin Mohamed and Shamil Mohamed. All of the performers are amateurs who rehearse and perform in their spare time, and they were excellent.

Dancers, picture by Yvonne Hewett

The less said about what followed the better, as members of the audience were enticed up to join in the dancing. This was carried out with great enthusiasm and panache - especially by Pindi - and ranged from the delightfully graceful to the downright dangerous.

And so, a good time was had by all, and our profound thanks go to Pindi and everyone who helped make the night such a success.

Thursday 12 Feb, 2009

Visit to the Musical Museum, Brentford

Despite the appalling weather that kept visitor numbers down, members of the Twickenham Society and the Twickenham Rotary Club had a highly enjoyable evening at the Musical Museum.

The museum was established in 1963 by the late Frank Holland, MBE, based on his personal collection of reproducing pianos and mechanical musical instruments, and fired by his determination to preserve what he recognised as an important part of our heritage. The museum was originally housed in a disused church, St George's in Brentford High Street, and what began as a 6-month stay lasted for 43 years. Museum visitors at that time, including many in our group, have very clear memories of the huge sheets of heavy polythene that protected the instruments from the perpetually leaking roof. Frank Holland spent many years trying to find a permanent home for the museum, an aim that was only achieved after his death, by the trust that he had established.

Imhof & Mukle Orchestrion. Picture by Yvonne Hewett
The Imhof & Mukle Orchestrion
  The Museum moved into its purpose-built location in 2006 and re-opened in 2007. The new surroundings are impressive, and the instruments on display seem to have responded gratefully to their new, temperature-controlled environment: the wood gleams in the soft light, and the acoustics are excellent.

We were fortunate to have Richard Coles as our guide, sharing his enthusiasm for the music and his infectious love of the instruments. Though time didn't permit an extensive trip through the collection, we were able to see and hear some of the highlights. The tour began with an Imhof & Mukle Orchestrion, an impressive piece of furniture in its own right.

We went on to listen to Regina Disc Musical Box which had an amazingly beautiful sound, playing Sullivan's 'A Soldier's Life for Me' from the Mikado from a perforated metal disc.

One high point was hearing Rachmaninoff's own performance of Mourssorgsky's 'Hopak' from a perforated paper roll on the Ampico piano. The instrument reproduces the all the nuances of the original performance and it was uncannily like hearing it being played live. This was followed by the Violano-Virtuoso, a mechanical player that uses a real violin, and played a moving and delicate piece.

The Mighty Wurlitzer. Picture by Yvonne Hewett
The Mighty Wurlitzer
  The musical part of the evening culminated in a performance by Richard on the Mighty Wurlitzer, located upstairs in the Museum's concert hall. The Wurlitzer originally came from the the Regal Cinema in Kingston, and was rescued, pipes and all, by Frank Holland when the cinema was refurbished.

It's a glorious instrument, complete with the facility to rise through the floor of the stage, a huge range of percussion and orchestral effects, and the ever-changing coloured panels that make it a show of its own. Installed in a permanent location, it has the rich, full sound that must have delighted generations of cinema-goers, and it was a fitting finale to a fascinating evening. Drinks and a buffet supper followed.

Thanks to everyone at the Museum, especially Ginette Kentish and Richard Coles, for their help in making the event so enjoyable. For more information, see the Museum website, www.musicalmuseum.co.uk.

Update from 5 October, 2008

Following David King's resignation, Perminder Tamana took on the role of Social Secretary for the Society, and a new programme of events is being developed.

The Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames produced a new report on the projected River Centre for Twickenham, with an introduction by the Centre's patron, Sir David Attenborough. Copies can be downloaded from the River Centre website, www.rivercentre.org.uk

Saturday 21 June, 2008

Twickenham Festival Fun Day on the Green

Twickenham Festival Family Fun Day.  Photo © Yvonne Hewett
The Twickenham Society stall at the fun day
  Following the dismal time everyone had at the May Fair - when we gave up because the torrential rain and howling gales meant we couldn't keep the gazebo on the ground, we tried again at the Twickenham Festival.

We had a very successful stall at the Fun Day, which drew large crowds despite the occasionally ominous-looking weather.

Donations of books, CDs, VHS tapes and DVDs sold very well, and the team, Jane Smith, Doug Orchard, Jack Betteridge and Yvonne Hewett, were constantly busy and occasionally rushed off our feet. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Tuesday 29 April, 2008

Talk: Michael Karn on Freemasonry

The meeting was held at the Mason's Hall, 150 London Road, Twickenham.

Thursday 27 March, 2008

Guest Speaker Cathy Cooper, on Twickenham's industrial heritage and the Hamilton Road Electricity Works (HEW).

Cathy gave an excellent presentation about the works, built in 1901 to bring electrification to Twickenham at a time when trams were becoming a common mode of public transport, and electric lighting was beginning to replace gas lamps. The works went out of use in the 1960s, and there is now pressure for them to be redeveloped. Since 2005, local people have been campaigning to preserve the three Victorian brick buildings on the site, and convert them sympathetically to housing and workspace. The HEW group's greatest victory came in 2006 with the defeat of an over-large and unsympathetic development. With the recent submission of new plans, the work to save HEW continues in 2008. The buildings are now recognised as having Townscape Merit, and the site is part of the Twickenham Green conservation area.

A full version of Cathy's talk can be found on the HEW website, and the illustrated history of the site is at HEW history.

The AGM followed, and Doug Orchard outlined the Society's financial position and produced the list of events planned. The members of the committee were re-elected, unopposed: Doug Orchard, Chairman; John Bell and Jack Betteridge co vice-chairs; Rodney Bennett, membership; David King, events; and Yvonne Hewett, website manager.

The Society urgently needs a Secretary and a Treasurer, and volunteers will be very welcome.

Tuesday 18 March, 2008

Special meeting: Flood Risk Management on the River Thames

This meeting was hosted by the Richmond Environment Network in conjunction with the Twickenham Society and the York House Society, will look at the implications of climate change on the tidal Thames. Cllr Martin Elengorn was chairman.

Speakers included Jason Debney, Thames Landscape Strategy, on the Thames Estuary 2100 project, sustainable urban drainage, emergency planning in response to flooding, and restoration of floodplains.

18 February, 2008

Special meeting on the Council's Draft Development Brief for Twickenham Poolsite

The meeting questionnaire, for those who were unable to take copies away, is available here (.pdf, 2 pages, 69Kb). Much appreciation to Crusader Travel for providing additional paper copies so quickly.

This meeting, held in conjunction with the York House Society the River Thames Society, the Thames Eyot Residents' Association and other local groups, discussed the draft development brief and its implications for the riverside, the community, and for traffic, parking and access. The venue was changed from the church hall to the church, with thanks to the Vicar, when large numbers turned up for the meeting.

Speakers were:

  • Jack Betteridge (Twickenham Society): a brief background, the concept of the development, finance, and the problems of traffic, access and parking
  • Angela Kidner (Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames): the River Centre
  • Derek Plummer (Architect): What do we mean by open space? Examples, and costs
  • The discussion panel included Paul Chadwick, LBRuT; Anthony Benson, Urban Practitioners; and Rob Gray, for the River Centre.

Conclusions from the meeting and the results of the survey forms will be provided to the Council.

29 November, 2007

Law & Order - "A view from the Beat and the Bench"

Speakers were Chief Superintendent Rick Turner, the Borough Commander, and Mrs Eileen Stuart-Clarke, the Bench Chairman, Richmond Magistrates' Court, in an interesting and illuminating meeting. Our thanks to both speakers.

28 November, 2007

Gifford House: Public Meeting

The meeting, at Archdeacon Cambridge School Hall on Twickenham Green, is being held by the Gifford House Action Group to discuss the development of this important site.

Notice of the meeting (.pdf, 1 page, 61KB)

27 September, 2007

Francis Francis - 19th C Angling in Twickenham

Report of the joint meeting of the Twickenham Society and the River Thames Society

Bill Rushmer, one of the UK's leading writers on angling, and long-time member of the Francis Francis Fishing Club gave a very entertaining and informative talk about the Club and angling in the Thames.

The Club, named after a Twickenham notable, Francis Francis, who achieved fame as a writer of the stature of Isaac Walton and introduced fish farming to the UK, has been active for over 100 years. Every Sunday morning during the fishing season, tideway conditions permitting, the fishermen go out in their distinctive punts for a 4-hr session. The club is the last punt club to moor in traditional style across the river using ryepeck. These are wooden poles fitted with a shoe with a sharp point to go into the river bed. The design of these points has been modified over the last 100 years and are made by the club blacksmith. Fish that are caught are placed in a protective wet well, taken ashore to be quickly weighed and returned to the river in good condition. Because of the insistence on a fixed time and procedure, the club's records of fish catches provides firm ad valuable evidence for the variation of fish stocks over the last 100 yrs.

Some of these changes were pointed out and graphically illustrated:

  • Salmon, introduced in the late 1950's is now established in the river.
  • Sea trout are now being observed in increasing numbers.
  • Catches of Roach, a common fish, have been halved over the last 10 years. Cormorants are being driven to explore rivers because changes in deep sea fishing practices have reduced their traditional fishing areas. Roach is one of their staples.
  • The carp have more than doubled in average size with fish over 20 lb relatively common.
  • Mitten crabs are becoming common. They seriously undermine river embankments and are avid eaters of crayfish. If they migrate to the non-tidal river, the crayfish population will be exterminated.
  • Pike are common, and they are also voracious eaters, especially of other pike.
  • In the wake of theses natural predators, humans are not far behind. The English angling custom is to return caught fish to the river. This was not always the case, and some slippage still occurs, but river fish is no longer a staple of the British diet. However, the growth of other cultural groups within our midst, whose diet naturally includes river fish, is dramatically overturning established angling custom and practice. River fish, especially carp, and birds, including coots, are being caught and taken for human consumption.
  • The demand for this illegal consumption is constant year round, so that gangs of fishers operate during the closed season and violently resist the attempts of Environment Agency bailiffs to arrest them. Fish stocks are being seriously reduced as a consequence. Bill's solution is to abolish the close season, thus enabling legitimate anglers to monitor and help police the offenders.

There was a great deal of audience participation throughout the presentation, and by its end, all felt they had a very enjoyable and informative evening.

9 August, 2007

Twickenham Society Group meeting about Twickenham Poolsite.

The meeting on the 9th of August discussed the group's input to Urban Practitioners, the consultants who have been engaged by the Council to draw up a development brief for the Twickenham Swimming Pool site.

The Twickenham Society Group (TSG) is an informal discussion group that draws together representatives from other local groups and societies who have an interest in the riverside and the pool site. The group's activities in the past have included participation in the working parties, with the Council, on the Alsop Zogolovitch scheme, and feeding into the development brief for the Dawnay Day scheme for the poolsite. In addition, we gave evidence at the planning inquiry into the short term scheme that resulted in demolition of the old pool building and the building of the play area and the café.

The TSG is chaired by Prof Jack Betteridge. It is currently feeding information into the poolsite development brief, and advising on the constraints of the site, in terms of access, size, and realistic development expectations for it, and the need for redevelopment of the Embankment - with the aim of making the whole area a better to place to live and enjoy in our leisure time. We are also advising on traffic, access and parking around the poolsite, drawing on information and data we have gathered over several years.

Members of the group include representatives from the York House Society, the Twickenham Society, Friends of Twickenham Green, the Eel Pie Island Association, residents of Twickenham Embankment, the Thames Eyot Residents' Association, Strawberry Hill Residents' Association, HANDS (Help a Neighbour in Distress: the charity which is located in the old caretaker's house on the poolsite), and river users, with advice from architects specialising in riverside and sustainable development.

TSG Recommendations for the Poolsite Development Brief - August, 2007. pdf, 7 pages, 90KB - background and briefing on traffic, parking, and difficult areas.

30 June, 2007

Twickenham Riverside: Poolsite Development Brief

The team has been chosen to write the development brief for the redevelopment of the poolsite. The Council has already determined that the Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames's River Centre will be located there. (Please see the Environment Trust's website for more detail, and the Twickenham Riverside website for updates on the development.)

Local planning guidance calls for public open space and some enabling commercial development - housing and some retail and cafés, bars or restaurants.

This brief should be completed in time for the Council Cabinet meeting in December (not September, as originally planned). When it's approved it will then be put out for developers to come forth with their proposals.

The brief writing team are:

The swimming pool was closed in 1980. Since then several attempts have been made to develop the site. These schemes have foundered, generally because they were too large and out of keeping with the riverside and the location, close to some of the oldest and most picturesque parts of Twickenham.

12 June 2007: Gifford House reprieve

Gifford House, June, 2007. Photo © Yvonne Hewett
Gifford House from Twickenham Green
Care UK have withdrawn their application for redeveloping the Gifford House site on Twickenham Green. This follows a determined campaign by the Gifford House Action Group and many local groups, including the ward Councillors, Dr Vincent Cable, and the Twickenham Society.

Twickenham Society Chairman Doug Orchard's letter opposing the redevelopment is here (1 page .pdf, 89KB).

The HANDS May Fair, Twickenham Green, Monday 28 May 2007

HANDS May Fair, 28 May.  Photo © Yvonne Hewett
The Twickenham Society stall at the HANDS May Fair
  Despite the awful weather, the Twickenham Society team - Jack Betteridge, Yvonne Hewett, David King and Michael Scott-Cumming - had a good result at the HANDS May Fair.

Sales of donated books, CDs and DVDs netted £121.85, for donation to local charities.

Thanks to everyone who came by the stall - and to those who bought and/or made contributions.

The Eel Pie

"Eel Pie" is the (now irregular) magazine of the Society. It is not certain when the Society was founded as a going concern - but the 30th anniversary was celebrated in 1993. Surviving copies of "Eel Pie" go back as far as August 1977. Their contents are summarized here - particularly special articles and reports of Twickenham Talks. Copies are deposited at the Local Studies Library, which also has a bound copy of earlier editions. These can all be studied at the Old Town Hall in Richmond.

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Eel Pie Bulletins - archive
Link to Eel Pie magazine, Sept 2005

Eel Pie Update
Sept 2005

Link to Eel Pie magazine, April 2005

Eel Pie Update
April 2005

Link to Eel Pie magazine, Nov 2004

Eel Pie Update
Nov 2004

Link to Eel Pie magazine, April 2004

Eel Pie Update
April 2004

Link to Eel Pie magazine, Sept 2003

Eel Pie Update
Sept 2003

Link to Eel Pie magazine, May 2003

Eel Pie Update
May 2003

Link to Eel Pie magazine, Nov 2002

Eel Pie Update
Nov 2002

Link to Eel Pie magazine, April 2005

Eel Pie Update
May 2002

Link to Eel Pie magazine, Nov 2004

Eel Pie Update
Dec 2001

Previous Issues

Eel Pie from Autumn 2001 .pdf, 284KB

Environment Trust for R-u-T (Angela Kidner); The River Thames Boat Project (Miranda Jaggers); Kew Gardens, Present, and Future (Prof. Peter Crane); Twickenham Riverside Development - An update; Fulwell Depot 1902-2002 (Bryan Woodriffe); Recollections of a Diplomat (Willie Turner); New Directions for Community Policing (Inspector Mark Jones); A Life in Local Politics (Robert Hancock); And How Good is Your Town? (Mick Lowe); Conservation Matters, some observations by Brian Parker; Traherne's Treasure (Barrie Armstrong); A Twickenham Diary by Peter Hill (including items on: Orleans House Gallery, Maynard Mack, New Portraits and New Books at Marble Hill.); Accounts, list of committee members and future events.

Report of the AGM held on the 3rd November 2000; "From Cryptography to Local History and Conservation" Summary of a talk by Mavis Batey OBE; "Twickenham Riverside Development" An update by Jack Betteridge; "Forty Years in a Business Everchanging" Bruce Lyons; "Alexander Pope Esq. of Twickenham: An Entertainment" John Grimsey, Freda Hammerton and Arthur Horwood; "Improving the Sustainability of the Borough" Alison Quant; "Twickenham and Art" Osmund Caine; "Turner and Twickenham" Professor Harold Livermore; "The significance of the Normansfield Theatre" Peter Longman and John Earl; "Pope's Chair" Peter Hill; "Walpole's Portrait Sold" Peter Hill.

Environment Trust for R-u-T (Derek Plummer); First Impressions of Twickenham (Elizabeth Stonehill); What is Rotary? (David Martin); Our Public Libraries (Michael Lee). Reports on Twickenham Talks by Simon Tompsett (assuring our future); Gillian Norton (New millennium, new management); Joe Horsley (Trains must go); and Donna Clack (a landscape strategy for the Thames). Update on Twickenham Riverside development by Jack Betteridge; letters on the subject by Brian Parker. A Twickenham Diary by Peter Hill (including items on Mrs Ionides, Osmund Caine, James Johnston and James Greathead.) Buildings at Risk in Twickenham, by Peter Hill. List of committee members and future events.

Updates on the Environment Trust for R-u-T, and the River Thames Boat Project, by Derek Plummer; Partnership in local policing by John Bell; Twickenham as seen from Stoke, by John Edwards. Report on 1999 AGM and debate on the Twickenham Local Studies collection. Report on talk on the Orange Tree Theatre by Sam Walters. Report on Twick Soc team at Strawberry Hill Quiz night. Reports on talks by Sir David Williams (on local government), Alex Bass (London Ambulance Service) and Galen Rosenberg (on pharmaceutical dispensing). Update on Riverside Development by Brian Parker, with documents and text of letters. "In defence of General Howe" and "In search of Walpole's pictures" by Peter Hill. "Fleur de Lys Galore" by David Wood. List of Committee members.

Recent members' publications; the Environment Trust for R.U.T.; Twickenham on the Internet; reports on talks by Ken Dwan, Jane Byrne, Jack Betteridge, Patricia Mowbray(RFU), and Janet Knox. Report on Twickenham Riverside Development, with text of documents and letters. Articles (by Peter Hill) on the origins of Kilmorey's Mausoleum, Capt. William Hoste RN, and Victorian Strawberry Hill, as seen by Chichester Fortescue. Committee list, Aims, AGM Agenda. 1998 Accounts, forthcoming events.

The baths site; the AGM, and report on the year; Twickenham and Tourism (Jackie Ellis); an appreciation of Lilian Dring; the River Thames Boat Project; the restoration of the Octagon; an approach to urban architecture (Roger Zogolovich); recycling policy (Sue Duckworth); Twickenham seen from Westminster (Vince Cable MP); Pope and Lady Mary Wortley Montague; Edward Lear and Strawberry Hill; the Jews of Twickenham in the 18th century; Henry Labouchere; Turner in Twickenham (Prof. Livermore); the Hammerton Ferry; the Eel Pie Island Bridge; memories of Gp. Capt. Tim Vickers DSO; recent publications by members.

The Boat project; Landscape and streetscape in Twickenham (Marc Wolfe-Cowen); domestic life at Walpole's Strawberry Hill (John Iddon); the work of the Chief Executive (Richard Harbord); Black Jack and the Needhams; Lady Waldegrave (review); the origins of the name Strawberry Hill; Lady Mary Wortley Montague and the Walpoles.

AGM; Alan Urwin; River Thames Boat project; Twickenham Museum, and a gift from July 1915; The future of Twickenham (John Barkley); 111 years of Chapman's (Neal Chapman); Recording Twickenham's history (Jane Baxter); Richmond-upon-Thames College (Eric Kirby); Planning for Leisure (Simon Cook); More about Black Jack; Kilmorey Mausoleum Update; Lady Mary Wortley Montague in Twickenham; Rev. William Gilpin; potted biographies of the Committee.

Progress report on the Octagon restoration; the Walpole Bicentenary; the River Thames Boat Project; The Twickenham Borough mayoral chain. Planning application for 28-30 King Street. The sculpture of Anthony Beckles Willson. Malcolm Richards' talk on editing the Richmond and Twickenham Times. The Gerald Heath Archive. Visit to Turner's Sandycombe Lodge. Talk by clockwork radio inventor Trevor Baylis. Godfrey Jezzard on the Twickenham and District Chamber of Commerce. Articles by Peter Hill on Twickenham's War memorial, on Kneller Hall, and on Holly Road Garden of Rest (with its new cast iron notice board).

Twickenham Riverside site competition. Reports of talks by Jack Betteridge (pioneers of Science and engineering in Twickenham), Paul Trew (Firefighting in Twickenham), Len Smith (69 years of of the family business) and David King (the French connection). Plaque unveiled to Sir Christopher Wren. Behind the scenes at Orleans House Gallery (by curator Fiona Robertson). Speech by Anthony Beckles Willson at unveiling of plaque to Pope in Chiswick. Articles by Peter Hill on Pope in Chiswick, on Bandmaster Ricketts, the march king of Kneller Hall, and "Twickenham's oldest".

The Richmond Boat Project; our aims and priorities, with report by the Chairman. Reports on talks by Sir Peter Wakefield (Saving the Nation's Art collections), by Bob Alker (Transport policy in Twickenham), by Graham Marriner (a day in the life of a Twickenham school), by Robert Tough (shipbuilding on the Thames), by Andy Pinder (caring for Twickenham's trees), by Iden Adams (on South West trains), and by Colin Squire (on maintaining a garden centre). Report on a visit to Normansfield Theatre. Report on the Octagon restoration. Appeal for Walpole bicentenary. The Privy Garden at Hampton Court (charges to residents). Articles by Peter Hill on Coward in Teddington, and Eric Fraser of Hampton.

Walter de la Mare - plaque unveiled in Montpelier Row. List of Blue Plaques in the Borough. A visit to Kneller Hall. Article by Peter Hill on "Colonel Bogey". Report on the Octagon Trust; on a talk by Tim Miller on recycling of waste; on a talk by Inspector Bill Mainprize on policing Twickenham; and on a visit to Hampton Water Treatment Works, by Brian Parker. Annual accounts. Draft evidence of the Twickenham Society to the Terminal Five Public Enquiry.

Twickenham Views (art exhibition) by Peter Hill; River Thames Past and Present, by Albert Ellis; Black Jack comes to Richmond, by Peter Hill; obituary of Gemma Hunter; annual accounts

Jack Ellis reminisces; biog. of new chairman, Brian Parker; Twickenham in 1798 by Peter Hill; Richmond's art collection by Peter Hill; Richmond Lock and Weir centenary.

Derek Plummer's chairman's editorial on UDP, 30th anniversary of the society, and the Charities Fair. Visits to Reading and the PRO, Kew. Blue Plaque for Walter de la Mare; local amenity groups; HACAN. Holly Road Garden of Rest by Peter Hill. Committee list.

AGM (speaker John Griffith's on Hampton Court.) Twickenham Town Committee. Museum for Twickenham. Richmond Boat Project. Short notes on various items. The Octagon, by Peter Hill. Dove flies down at peace picnic, by Jack Ellis.

Conservation and Design Awards. York House statues. Review of book on Strawberry Hill's history. All Hallows Church - Peter Coles.

Editorial: death of Ron Wall, and of Andrzej Panufnik. Town Committee. Enquiry into Marks and Spencers' riverside plans - Inspector's report. Richmond Boat Project. A museum for Twickenham. York House. Summary of last AGM, and agenda for 1991 AGM. Committee list and programme.

Editorial. Death of Lord Reilly, designer. Champion's Wharf. Gift of Corot painting. Duck's Walk - letter from Alan Urwin. Twickenham Rugby Ground, by Albert Ellis. Planning Decisions. Walpole-on-the-Neva, by Peter Hill. O'Higgins in London, by Peter Hill. What final decision for Twickenham Embankment?, by Jack Ellis. Committee list and programme, including visits to the houses of Lilian Dring and Bart Williams.

Death of Cyril Barnes. Proposed museum for Twickenham in Orleans House stable block, with drawing. Scott, the English Canaletto, by Peter Hill. Twickenham Riverside, part three. Jack Ellis reminisces. Friends of Kew Gardens. Holly Road cemetery consultation plan. Visit to Valentine Ellis's house. Riverside development. Committee list and programme, including Michael Fishlock on Hampton Court, and Norah Ponsonby on Marianne North. AGM agenda.

Twickenham Museum. Church Street. Twickenham's Past. General Howe.

Embankment. Blue plaques for former residents - by Peter Hill. Restoration of the Octagon. Statement by Twickenham Museum Group. Retirement of Stephen Hebron.

List of names proposed for Blue Plaques, by Peter Hill. Station noticeboard. Crane Park. Charity Fair stall (after first venture in 1988). Visits to Montpelier House and Strawberry Hill. Photo competition prize giving. Demolition of Ice Rink.

Twickenham Residents 200 years ago (on S. Lewis map) - Peter Hill. Replacing lost trees - talk by Gerry Davis. Prof. Ghillean Prance addresses AGM. Opposition to landing stage at Marble Hill. Request for Tilleman's view of Twickenham.

York House statues. Alexander Pope.

Ice Rink.

Odeon Cinema site. Eco Fair at Parkshot. William Hickey, by Peter Hill. Committee list.

The River Thames and Twickenham

Odeon Cinema Site. Great Mills Site. Eel Pie print.

Great Mills site.

Visit to Sandersons Wallpapers. Talk on Apartheid.

Eel Pie Island. Yacht at Tough's yard.

Arragon Road. York House and Gardens. Eel Pie Island. John Betjeman and Twickenham.

Odeon Cinema site. Baths site. Fifth terminal at Heathrow. Twickenham Week.

SEPT. 1982
Odeon Cinema site. Baths site. Fifth Terminal at Heathrow.

FEB. 1982
Civic Centre site.

OCT. 1981
Odeon Cinema site. Oak Lane Burial Ground. Baths site.

APRIL 1981
Improvements to the station.

Improvements to the station. Local events.

MAR 1980
Improvements to the station. Committee list. (sec. William Marsden)

AUG 1977
AGM agenda. Chairman: Cyril Barnes.

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