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In this issue Children’s Activities Teddington 800 Local Events John Charles Buckmaster Teddington Update Digging Deep Landmark Arts Centre

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PRIL is here and everything is bursting into life, blossom and magnolia are just the beginning! While our gardens wake up, unfortunately that means weeds too; it’s a pleasure to be out and about, gardening or otherwise. This ebullient month brings with it our bouncy friend the Easter Bunny, chocolate eggs and holidays are on the horizon. For those of you who are desperate to squeeze a bit more sq footage from your home, could the answer by creating a basement. Our resident interior expert, Tanya Dunbavin, looks at how to go about it in her column on page 16.

With our regular columns and a round up of what is going on in the area, I hope you enjoy this issue of TW11 and look forward to seeing you again next month.

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HEN THERE IS NOWHERE LEFT TO EXTEND... You have added a loft room, extended kitchen as far the back some more space. as you can and you still need The next direction Basements are is down! the and not the best most expensive way to extend idea if you live very close to the river. But they can create that granny flat or just extra a really big indulgent bedroom, utility room and plan space for a media room open a party room or at the back from a fairly standard a pool. terraced house. The tricky part with Fitting in external light and ventilatio a basement is getting natural stairs can be tricky n in. A classic take away quite as they taking the front design involves a large part of windows down your garden or front drive. and creating a Internally they should follow the other little light well. stairs in the house naturally Then up the so as to use minimum floor doing the same space. at the back but with The deeper you a glass walkway dig removal and tankingthe greater the cost as waste across so light gets a basement project. are the expensive parts of in, but you still Aim for headroom least 2.2 metres to be at have access to and ideally more the will need quite like 2.8. You garden. This plan a lot of lights as even though you get daylight shows how you into the front and can central area will the back, the add a good sized always be fairly dark. This is a great bedroom with opportunity to enadd underfloor heating as you suite bathroom will be laying a , concrete floor anyway so it is easy to put the pipework in.

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to dig out just the front or the back. £2,000 per square foot is a reasonable guide price. Although if you want to include a gym and a pool, that involves quite a bit you could be lookingmore digging so at more like £400 - 500k. 16 | TW11 –

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Contents Welcome – Page 1 Events Calendar – Page 2 Teddington 800 – Page 4 Events Listing– Pages 6 & 8 Bronze Age Barrow – Page 10 Children’s Activities – Pages 12 & 14 Digging Deep – Page 16 John Charles Buckmaster – Pages 18 & 20

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Events Calendar April 2017 Monday

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Mini-Sale Every Friday see p8

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Dead Parrot Sodiety see p6

Photographic Society Exhibition – see p24

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12th Teddington WI see p6

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Golf Academy see p17

Photographic Society Exhibition – see p24

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Photographic Society see p24

Guitar Course Starts see p17

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Il Barbiere di Siviglia see p6

Easter Monday

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The Seagull see p6

25th Blogs, Tweets & Vanity see p8

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27th Dean Friedman see p24

Book Club see p24

When Strawberries Are Not Enough see p8 The Seagull see p6

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Teddington 800

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O, ARE YOU READY FOR EASTER? What are you up to in this Octocentennial year? (Yes I did have to look that up). Let’s see - telling people you’re giving something up to be good, but secretly knowing it’s because you think you might lose weight? Well yes, me too. It’s bread and butter actually, no weight loss however - due to my choice of replacement being digestives. Still... the other thing I’ll be doing is finalising all the Teddington 800 plans. Pinning down the dates for all 25 activities. Yes that’s 25 activities and events between June and November! Heritage, Sport, River, History, Music, Art, Science, Memories and Drama - and a fancy pants Ball to boot. I could have a lengthy ramble about them here, but I know you and you’ll forget the dates by the launch on June 11th. So why not have a quick look at our shiny new website www.teddington800.org.uk (thanks to Sam) or Facebook page - @TeddParish800 and luxuriate in all the detail. You can sign up for stuff there too. Or, if that’s not your thing, then you could look out for our Teddington 800 flyers and brochures which will be all around town each month from May.

So what’s been happening since last month? Well a wonderful person has stepped up to make the 800 launch cake (thank you Lucy) we are the Church of England after all and a celebration without cake would be unthinkable! The Teddington Society have been busy producing the most amazing display on major events and people from the last 8 centuries and the rugby, cricket and football clubs are designing the best and silliest sports day games. Normansfield Theatre have offered to host the Teddington Review Play and Newland House school are working on an 800 quiz. Turing House have popped us on their website, NPL are helping with all sorts, Lensbury would 4 | TW11 – April 2017

like to bring their Dragon Boats to the River Day (who knew we had those in Tedders), and the wonderful Pram Race group are thinking of teaming up maybe. There have also been offers from more excellent music groups, choirs, schools and businesses, not to mention Totally Locally mulling over an ‘800 Fest’ and residents groups even planning street parties (Hello WattsLaners). The oomph of the Teddosphere continues! It’s an exciting time - come and join us, there are so many ways: Can you get together a team for the town sports day? Do you have a would-be quiz team handy? Can you volunteer for half an hour at the Teddington Fair? Would you like a Flower Festival display in memory of a special time or person? Could you sponsor the September Teddington800 ball? Have you performance talent which could be great for the ‘Teddington Review’ play or at the Thomas Traherne poetry day in the Autumn? Could you bring a boat to the River Blessing? Would you put up a poster in your window or on your website for us? Could you help to serve refreshments for everyone at the launch service? ...... or something else entirely? So, we’re getting closer to our June 11th kick off, but let’s enjoy Easter first - and by the way, if I don’t see you, then have a lovely break and as the Vicar would probably say - Easter Blessings to you. And if you do want to pop by, then St Mary with St Alban is always open 9-5 and on Easter Sunday we’ll be there from 6.30am for a dawn service with a fire, oh and at 9 and at 10 - and at 6.30am there’s a proper breakfast too Easter without scrambled eggs would be unthinkable! Anne McTeer 800@stmarywithstalban.org TeddParish800


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Local Events Dates For Your Diary Wednesdays 2 – 4pm Goodfellowship Club For men and woman over 60 years to play Scrabble, cards, knit or just come and chat over tea and cake. Just come along or phone 020 8977 0737 for more information. Bullen Hall, Hampton Wick, next to the Library

Fridays 9.30 – 11.30am Weekly Mini Sale Good as new bric-a-brac, clothes, books & toys. Teddington Salvation Army Church Road

Wednesday 12th April, 8pm Teddington WI Behind the scenes with BBc sets. teddingtonwi@gmail.com Constitutional Club, 5 Stanley Rd, TW11

Friday 7th April, 5th May doors 8pm, first show 8.30pm The Dead Parrot Society The ridiculously friendly comedy club showcasing the best of hand-picked new talent from the circuit as well as welcoming famous faces from the telly who drop in regularly to try new stuff. Tickets: £10, thedeadparrotsociety.co.uk/ The Anglers, 3 Broom Rd, Teddington TW11 9NR

Saturday 22nd April, 7.30pm Il Barbiere di Siviglia Villa InCanto perform Rossini’s ever popular comic opera is a tuneful masterpiece. This tells the tale of a quick thinking barber, Figaro, who is paid to help a count, Almaviva to win the woman of his dreams. Almaviva needs to disguise himself more than once to outwit the 6 | TW11 – April 2017

guardian of Rosina – a perfect young woman as long as you don’t get in her way. Figaro, of course, will do all he can to ensure that, despite all the guardian’s attempts, Rosina does indeed end up in the arms of the dashing count Tickets: £20 for adults and £16 concessions from 0333 1212 300 or langdondowncentre.org.uk Normansfield Theatre Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park, TW11

Saturday 22nd - Saturday 29th April 7.45pm except for Sunday 3pm. Weds 26th - no performance

The Seagull Anton Chekhov’s play directed by Susan Conte. As summer guests assemble at a country house for the staging of an avant-garde play, artistic temperaments ignite to reveal a more entertaining drama behind the scenes. Romantic jealousies, self-doubt and the ruthless pursuit of personal happiness take centre stage in The Seagull, the first of Chekhov’s great works. Torben Betts has created a radically funny new version of this classic and the play becomes a fresh, free-flying adaptation. It will break your heart but rock you with laughter. Tickets now available online through http://bit.do/RSSseagull Telephone bookings open on 10th April. Call the box office, between 10am and 7pm only please, on 020 8744 0547 The Mary Wallace Theatre, The Embankment, Twickenham TW1 3DU

Saturday 22nd April, 9-9.45am Under 6’s Taster Training Session Hearts of Teddlothian FC was founded in 2007 Continues on page 8


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Local Events and has today grown to over 500 players from U6 through to U18 for boys and girls. The club offers inclusive football for all, regardless of ability. If your child will be starting in Reception or Year 1 in September 2017 and would love to join a local community football club next season, then come along to this taster training. This will be an opportunity for your child to take part in a short training session and for you, as parents, to find out more information and to meet officials from the club. Please register by emailing full name, date of birth & school attended to Julie Syers at secretary@heartsofteddlothian.com. Spaces are limited so they will be given on a first come first served basis.

Tuesday 25th April, 7.30pm Blogs, Tweets & Vanity - Publishing Today, A talk by Sandra Hempel Publishing in all its forms is undergoing such a revolution that even those working in the industry struggle to keep up. After centuries of working with methods dating back to the days of the Caxton printing press, new technologies seem to be making nonsense of previously accepted routes, rules and legislation surrounding publication. Sandra Hempel, who has worked in publishing for all of her career, offers some reflections on where we are now and where we might be heading. She is a former Times journalist and author who has written for a wide range of national newspapers and magazines. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased from eventbrite.co.uk/ or bought on the door info@portcullistrust.org.uk, portcullistrust.org.uk 8 | TW11 – April 2017

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Saturday 6th May, 10am - 12pm Annual Plant Sale With a superb selection of quality plants at affordable prices, fresh from the wholesaler, including: bedding and patio plants, perennials, vegetables and herbs, shrubs and much more. There will also be a great selection of hot and cold drinks, lots of home-made cakes and bacon butties for the really hungry! All profits for the benefit of pupils at Teddington School.

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Sunday 14th May, 12 - 5pm May Fair Presented by Jack and Jill School with funfair rides, face painting, live music, fine ales bar, Pimms tent, street food, cake stall, fire engine, craft stalls, raffle and silent auction, toy and book stalls and more. Twickenham Green

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Bronze Age Barrow Unveiled at Last

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NE OF THE AIMS OF THE TEDDINGTON Society when founded in 1973 was ‘to protect the history and the character of the town.’ So from time to time we come up with ideas and projects of which this was one, to mark the site of a round barrow or burial mound that had stood in Teddington in around 1500BC. In other words a heap of sand in the area where Sandy Lane/Shaef Way are now but that over the following three and a half thousand years had been gradually eroded or removed so that now nothing remains! Fortunately we have historian, Ken Howe, in our midst. He has written a booklet on the Barrow and actually remembers clambering over a small hillock as a boy. It has taken The Society 3 years to get this project finished. To start with whose land is it? There’s an electricity sub station alongside the pavement. Does the pavement belong to the Council’s Parks’ Dept., Highways Dept. or both? Could we get permission from the Council to erect the information sign? Finally with all permissions granted it was agreed that the Council would clear this untidy corner and repave it which they have done beautifully. We have paid for the sign which has been designed and illustrated by Ken who has been researching the subject for many years.

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Originally this barrow stood over 12ft high and was nearly 100ft in diameter so if you can imagine the area without all today’s housing and roads it could have been seen for miles around. On a map of 1730 it is shown as a tumulus at the side of the main road to Kingston known as Barrow Hill and was in Barrow Field. Did you know that? Then why not pop along and read the sign and perhaps buy Ken’s book The Bonze Age Barrow at Teddington which is available from Waterstones in the High Street. Photo shows The Mayor of Richmond, Cllr David Linette with Mrs Linette and Ken Howe unveiling the sign on 1st March 2017. Contributed by Sheena Harold, Chairman, Teddington Society

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Children’s Activities Busy Bees

Tuesdays & Fridays: 10–11.30am, parent and toddler group for 6 mths to pre-school. Contact: Siobhan Crowther 020 8977 8000. Teddington Baptist Church, Church Rd, TW11

Catch-a-balls

Mondays: various times and ages. Fun games and activities including ball handling skills, bat and ball techniques and agility. Contact: 020 8398 3034, heather@catch-aballs.co.uk, catch-a-balls.co.uk. Teddington Baptist Church, Church Rd, TW11

Chatterbooks

Second Tuesday of the month: 4.15pm, school yrs 4-5 Chat about books, play games, do quizzes, find out about authors and have a lot of fun together! Contact: 020 8734 3304, teddington.library@richmond.gov.uk Teddington Library, Waldegrave Rd, TW11 8NY

Church Mice Service

For parents/carers and children under 5 years old. 20 minute service followed by refreshments & play. Every Wednesday & Friday, 10.30am. St Mary with St Alban Friday, 10.30am. St Peter and St Paul Donation of £1 per family, no need to book..

Classical Babies

Friday 28th April, 11–11.45am Families and babies up to 3 yrs. Relax and enjoy 45 minutes of classical music by professional musicians in a baby friendly environment. Soft blankets available to roll around on and babies can make as much noise as they like! £10 adult (cash on door), babies free. Nadine Andre on 07732 058705 orinfo@ classicalbabies.com, classicalbabies.com Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, Tw11 9NN

Dragon Drama

Improvisational theatre, storytelling, acting, movement, mime, magic and mayhem! Workshops for Preschool - Eighteen year olds. Contact 07590 452 436 or askus@ dragondrama.co.uk. dragondrama.co.uk

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Hampton Hill Theatre Drama, Music and Movement (4-6 years, Weds 4-5pm. Pre-school Drama (2-4 years 12 | TW11 – April 2017

Thrus 9.45-10.30am) United Reformed Chruch Drama, Music and Movement (4-6 years, Sat 10.30am - 12pm. Musical Theatre Training (7 -16 years Weds 4.45-7.30pm) Contact 020 8408 0245 or email contact@ dramacube.co.uk

Footie Tots

Wednesdays, 2∞–5 years. An Introduction to the world of fitness and football for children. Teaching basic ball skills, scoring lots of goals and having fun on the way. Contact Andy 07931 707720 or andy@footie-tots.co.uk. footie-tots.co.uk/ Teddington Baptist Church, Church Rd, & Salvation Army, Church Rd, TW11

Frankie & Flo’s Play Cafe

Tues/Weds/Thurs, 2.30-5.00pm 5 years and under, older siblings welcome. A friendly environment with bouncy castle, ride on toys, craft activities, baby area, dressing up clothes, play shop, roller coaster. Cost: Under 1 yr £2.50, 1 yr and over £4.50, 1st Sibling £2, additional siblings £1 (under 6 months free) Contact: Jenny on 07828 450145 St Mary’s Parish Hall, Langham Rd, TW11

The Hot House Funky Dance Class

Tuesdays – 4–4.45pm Ages: 5–7 years & 8–11 years Fun, confidence building, street-style dance classes for boys and girls as taught at Newland House and St Catherine’s schools. Cost: £75 per school term Contact: Kym on 07979 108717 or kymrichards@hotmail.com Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, Tw11 9NN

Jo Jingles

Thursdays, time dependant on age Music, Singing and movement. For babies – 5 years. Teddington.Jojingles. com/classes.asp. Teddington Baptist Church. Church Road.

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Children’s Activities

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Limited places, so early booking essential. £13 per child inc. mats. Contact: 020 8977 7558 or info@ landmarkartscentre.org

with puppets, multi-sensory props and instruments. Contact: 020 8288 1706, singinghands.co.uk

Little Wrigglers Dance, Perform & Play

Singing, Dance & Drama: Build confidence, have fun, make friends! Saturdays, various times. teddington@stagecoach.co.uk 0208 9770843/ 07824 999414 St Marys & St Peters School (SMSP) Somerset Road, Teddington, TW11 8RX

Monday 2-2.45pm 2-4 years Thursdays: 9.30-10.15am, 3-4 years, 10:3011.15am, 2-3 years. A creative mix of dance, music and mime to inspire your child to move to music. Contact: Rachel 07817 691660 rachel@littlewrigglers.co.uk, littlewrigglers. co.uk. Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, TW11

Monkey Music

Mondays - Thursdays Times according to age group. Age: 3 mths-4 yrs. Pre-school music classes that captivate through catchy songs, activities, percussion instruments & props. Encourages children to grow in confidence, improve listening, communication & concentration skills Contact: Claire Slade 020 8847 4031, monkeymusic.co.uk Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, Tw11 9NN

Rainbow Music

For children aged 9mths-4yrs Fun and colourful music classes. Popular children’s classics and new songs to learn, bought to life on the guitar with singing, actions, animals, bubbles, a variety of instruments. Mondays at 9.30am and 10.15am £6 per class (£10 if bringing 2 children) Teddington Baptist Church (conference room), Church Rd, Teddington

Story Time @ Teddington Library

Tuesdays, 2.15pm A free weekly session for the under 5s. Contact: 020 8734 3304, teddington.library@richmond.gov.uk Teddington Library, Waldegrave Rd, TW11 8NY

Story Time @ Twickenham Library

Tuesdays: 3.45pm. Free weekly story time for the under 5s. Tel: 020 8734 3340, Garfield Rd, TW1 3JT

Singing Hands

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N 1851 BRITAIN HAD SEEN THE GREAT Exhibition, which had been an unparalleled success, raising the nation’s awareness of the new era of science. The technical schools were anxious to take a hold of this and impart the practical teaching of science subjects to all other schools. Suddenly, JCB found himself advising Sir Robert Peel on how science should be taught. In 1854 he took up a post at the School of Mines and Science (from November 1854 to February 1856). During this period he was also working at Wandsworth Trade School and Poplar Trade and Navigation School, both under the control of the Department of Science and Art. His work came to the attention of HRH Prince Albert, on whose recommendation JCB was appointed Keeper of the Animal and Food Collection at South Kensington. To assist his teaching, he started to produce text books on various aspects of science, the first of which – The Elements of Inorganic Chemistry – was published in 1858. The following year he was given the allembracing title of ‘Organising Master of Science and Art Schools and Classes’ at the Department of Science and Art. Curiously the Government only considered this to be a temporary appointment – something which was to rankle with him for many years. (NB temporary posts did not carry a pension whereas permanent ones did). Family commitments were also growing. Charles Alexander had been born in 1854, followed by George Alfred in 1859, Stanley Owen in 1861 and Martin Alfred in 1862. Finally Phoebe Emily came into the world in 1868. They were all living in St John’s Hill in New Street, Wandsworth with JCB’s cousin Emily and a maid servant; it must have been quite a busy household! With the expansion of Clapham Junction Station, many houses in New Street were pulled down and Martin Alfred used to joke that ‘he was born on Platform 7!’ When it came to promoting the new sciences, most of his colleagues fought shy of presenting themselves away from home and it was left

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to JCB to travel the country. By 1869 he had established himself as an exceptionally able public speaker; he had an easy way of addressing his audiences, a store of racy anecdotes to enliven the factual content of his lectures and most importantly, a natural inspirational power. These qualities rose to the fore when JCB heard of plans to develop Wandsworth Common, something he vehemently opposed. He took on the developers and after some protracted legal dealings, won the day. It is thanks to John Charles Buckmaster that Wandsworth Common exists today. 1871 saw an interesting new development in the Department, JCB was persuaded to undertake the delivery of a series of food and cookery lectures. According to family legend, he rushed home to see his wife and tell her that she had to teach him all the arts of the kitchen in the next few weeks. The family claimed that whilst the voice in these lectures was that of John, the words and acts were those of his wife Emily. These lectures were a great success and caught the attention of the society of the day. It was even said that to attend one such lecture was far more entertaining than attending many of the West End plays. One of the particular attractions was that JCB managed to persuade many famous chefs from the top clubs and hotels to come and demonstrate their signature dishes. Out of these lectures grew The National Training School of Cookery, and the whole concept of ‘Domestic Science.’ A batch of new cookery schools opened in the capital and later across the country. Continues on page 20


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History Focus Income was always a source of worry to JCB and he was forever coming up with new ideas to increase it. The success of his early text book prompted his publishers, Moffatt and Paige to look to JCB to create others. These were printed on cheap paper and sold for 2d a copy. And so The Elements of Acoustics, Light and Heat, The Elements of Magnetism and Electricity and Buckmaster’s Domestic Economy and Cookery all became familiar additions to the various students schoolbags and continued to be in use until WW1. Such was the take up for these books that JCB later confessed that their sales were the means of putting his sons through higher education. In 1890 something prompted him to move house and he came to live in ‘Ashleigh’ a three storey detached house (now part of 252 Kingston Road) in South Teddington. He had barely settled in the house when his beloved wife Emily died and was buried in Teddington Cemetery. His sons had all left home and in 1894 his daughter Phoebe married and moved out to Earls Court. 1894 was a memorable year for JCB. All the years he had worked for the Department of Science, he was not on the permanent staff payroll and was officially regarded as a temporary despite having joined in 1859. He was finally granted permanent status and a pension in 1894. His position was then discontinued and he was made redundant at the age of 75. It would be quite normal for any man to sit back and enjoy his retirement after such a full life, but not JCB. He became a Justice of the Peace on the Spelthorne Branch in 1893 and in December 1894, he was elected as a Councillor to Teddington Urban District Council. His was the sixth highest election (out of fifteen) to the UDC at his first attempt. His first notable act was to persuade the UDC to acquire Craig Hall in Clarence Road. This was a redundant Baptist Chapel and once purchased, was converted into a Court House and was in regular use for hearings. Apart from Craig Hall, JCB was known to attend all local Police Stations to 20 | TW11 – April 2017

hear minor cases and administer justice. He was against the Jubilee Drinking Fountain, calling it ugly and saying that if it was the best design (out of a competition to design the most memorable drinking fountain to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee) then he would dread to see the worst! JCB urged the Charity Commissioners to check the status of Peg Woffington’s Almshouses – to be used for homeless widows – and was pleased to find that all was well. He refused to pay the Library Rate, stating that the £70 collected was being misused on the cost of newspapers and the Chairman’s rent, challenging the Council to prosecute him. At the same time he had been in correspondence with Andrew Carnegie for a grant to open a Free Library. This was finally done in 1904 at a cost of nearly £5,000. Whilst attending a fete at ‘Chesfield’ in aid of the Kingston Guild of Cripples, he felt a chill, left early and went home, straight to bed. He did not leave his bed for over two weeks and passed away peacefully from heart failure. The end of a most remarkable life. I have drawn very heavily on the works of his grand-daughters : J C Buckmaster : A Study of His Life and Work by Dr M E Tasker John Charles Buckmaster by Hilda Buckmaster Ken Howe is a historian and author of several local history books. howe94@btinternet.com Tel: 020 8943 1513


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Teddington Update INFORMER HOUSE Last month the Planning Committee approved Richmond Housing Partnership’s 5/6 storey, offices and flats development at 2, High Street (next to Nando’s) by 5 votes to 4. The decision was close because the benefit of creating 22 shared ownership flats had to be weighed against the height and bulk of the building. I was torn and ended up voting against. Discussions are now proceeding about tree planting, choice of materials etc. to reduce the building’s impact.

PROTECTING OUR SHOPPING FRONTAGES The Council has long had planning policies to maintain a good balance between shopping and other uses in our town centres. This has been complicated by a recent Government dispensation to allow shops below 150 sq m to be used for a single two year period for alternative uses such as restaurants.

Street where permanent changes from retail to nonretail are only very exceptionally approved e.g. the renewal of the 2008 permission for 55 Broad Street to be added to Red Peppers. 16 High Street is also in a key shopping frontage but La Bottega used the Government relaxation to allow use as a restaurant for 2 years. This has now elapsed and the new occupants have applied for permanent restaurant use. Further down the High Street is a secondary shopping frontage where change from retail to restaurant may generally be allowable unless there are three non-retail uses in a row. At No 130, the former print shop, the previous owner had lost an appeal to use it as a restaurant. However The Fallow Deer subsequently gained a single 2 year permission under the Government relaxation. When this expired Council officers turned down a further 3 year extension because (i) it would create 3 nonretail frontages in a row and (ii) the Local Plan has a specific policy against over-concentration of restaurants in this part of the High Street. An appeal is pending. THE GARDEN LAST MONTH My clematis ‘Jingle Bells’, as its name suggests, normally flowers in late December. But in my northfacing front garden a cold November led to a late start and its being at its best in mid-March.

The Council has now refused Prezzo’s proposal to turn the former Bed City shop at 70-72 Broad Street into a restaurant. This large unit is the last in the key shopping frontage covering most of Broad

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What’s On Richmond and Twickenham Photographic Society Annual Exhibition Wednesday 5th – Easter Monday 17th April, 10.30am – 5.30pm The exhibition will include fine art prints and projected digital images, plus the Royal Photographic Society’s Visual Art Group touring exhibition and work by students of St. Catherine’s Girls School, Twickenham. Books and cards will be for sale in the exhibition shop. rtps.org.uk Admission: £2

Twickenham Art Circle Spring Exhibition Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd April, 10am - 5 pm Their 7th Exhibition at the Landmark, with work by local artists in a variety of styles and media and all at affordable prices. The TAC hold regular drawing, painting and demonstration events throughout the year. If you would like to join them – members are on hand during the exhibition to answer questions about all the Societies activities. Admission: Free, inc. catalogue.

Dean Friedman – In Concert Thursday 27th April, 8pm Hailed by critics and fans alike as one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Dean Friedman has achieved legendary, pop-icon status for chart-topping hits including Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia, Woman of Mine and more. In this intimate concert Friedman will perform songs from throughout his three decade career, including familiar hits and fan favourites. An evening of powerful, poignant and hilarious songs about the ordinary and extraordinary lives we share. ‘Pop troubadour of choice!’ Scotsman, ‘entirely unique & utterly brilliant’ – ThreeWeeks. Tickets: £25 / £20 (£22.50 / £18 Landmark members) Pre-show supper available; £8.50 per person. Please note suppers must be booked by Monday 24th April Landmark Book Club Friday 28th April, 1pm This month’s book club will be a Meet The Author event and the book is The Woman Behind the Waterfall by Leonora Meriel. Tickets: £5 / £3.50 concs

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