Issue 76 – December 2016
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Festive Cocktails with Lady Tipplesworth The Top Table For Christmas Perfecting Christmas Festive Foodie Presents Local Events Teddington Pubs – History Focus Landmark Arts Centre
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ECEMBER has arrived so we are officially allowed to unpack the festive spirit that has been gathering dusk in the attic since last year. Spontaneously breaking into carols and wearing loud Christmas jumpers is now to be encouraged.
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GINGER MULE A retro classic that is deliciously refreshing and filled with zing! The Ginger Mule is meant to be served in a copper mule cup, tastes just as fabulous but in a glass tumbler if you don’t have one. Ingredients: • 50ml Ketel One Vodka • 12.5ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice • 2 Drops of Angostura • Top with Fentimans Bitters Ginger Beer • Lime Wedge Method: Fill your mule cup with ice. Pour in juice. Top with vodka and lime ginger of Angostura Bitters beer and stir. Add 2 drops to the top. Garnish wedge of lime. with a Festive Twist: Sloe Mule - Try swapping the vodka for sloe gin (Sipsmith orange bitters instead is my favourite!) and use of Angostura Bitters. 6 | TW11 – December
In a rocks glass, add the sugar syrup Then pour in the bourbon gradually, and bitters. a cube of ice. Add stirring with a couple of more stir some more. Peel a wide slice ice cubes and of orange peel and twist over drink to release citrus oils. Add to drink and stir. peel Add glass and stir again. another ice cube to top up Festive Twist: Maple Old Fashioned the sugar syrup for maple syrup, - Try swapping which adds woody and roasted/to asted flavour notes.
A London born modern classic that is deliciously tart and fruity. The original recipe was by bartending legend, created Dick Bradsell, in 1980’s London. Ingredients: • 40ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin • 20ml Lemon Juice • 10ml Tippleswo rth Pure Cane Sugar • 20ml Crème de Syrup Mure • Blackberry Method: Pour gin, sugar syrup
Our pages reflect the season this month, with plenty of tips and tricks to help your holidays go smoothly. We’ve got festive foodie tips on page 4, table decorations on page 20 and cocktails for those who like an extra special snifter at Christmas, see page 6. For those who are looking for an alternative festive experience, Amanda Steel gives us some tips, see page 12.
I hope you have a lovely time this Christmas and wish you great fortune and joy for 2017. I look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.
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Welcome – Page 1 Notice Board – Page 2 Festive Foodie Presents – Pages 4 & 5 Festive Cocktails with Lady Tipplesworth – Page 6 Perfecting Christmas – Pages 12 & 13 Children’s Puzzle –Page 14
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Festive Foodie Presents Gifts to Surprise Your Friends
S CHRISTMAS HURTLES RELENTLESSLY towards us again, the present panic sets in: what to get the selective sister-in-law and the niggling neighbour? Not to worry, we’ve done the hard work for you… Here are four original food and drink ideas packed with fabulous flavours and stories that will keep conversations bubbling over the Christmas table. TOKEN GIFTS THAT WON’T BREAK THE BANK (£5) BLACK GARLIC The chef’s new secret ingredient. It’s been hiding away in gastropubs and fancy restaurants but now you can buy it too. Caramelised, sweet and marvellously mellow - both sweet and savoury. Garlic - the humblest of kitchen ingredients is heated gently for a good while to become extraordinary. It’s an incredibly versatile ingredient. Use it as a rub for meats and fish, in marinades or as a flavour enhancer to sauces. Our top tip: Slice black garlic cloves and dig them into a whole camembert with some rosemary sprigs. Sprinkle with olive oil and bake for 20 minutes on an oven tray (removing any plastic but keeping any rustic casing). Serve immediately with toasted ciabatta fingers and dip away for a super easy social winter starter dish. Dreamy. (Available on Amazon and in deli / gourmet shops) POMEGRANATE MOLASSES For the foodie friend who loves cook books and Ottolenghi. A bottle of pomegranate molasses - the new balsamic vinegar - is a guaranteed attention grabber. Made by reducing pomegranate juice, it’s another secret weapon in the London chef’s arsenal. Pomegranate molasses bring the sweetness of a syrup with a touch of lemony sharpness. Our top tip: Add this juicy flavour bomb to lift Middle Eastern dishes from tabboulehs to tagines and squeeze into to marinades and salad 4 | TW11 – December 2016
dressings to make the mundane magical. (Available from ottolenghi.co.uk, Amazon and gourmet food shops) FOR THE REFINED FRIEND (£15 – £25) THE MODERN GENTLEMAN’S GIN Port is the traditional gift but what your discerning drinking friend really wants this Christmas is gin. Gin is back in vogue. Rising from the ashes of the dark smoky old gentleman’s clubs and dingy pubs to soar above as the tipple of choice for London hipsters in buzzing cocktail bars. With so much choice now, it’s hard to decide but one thing’s certain – you need to step away from the Gordons and jump on the hipster bandwagon. We love a good story so we’re rooting for the comeback king. Boodles Gin - named after Boodles the gentleman’s private members club - is rumoured to have been Churchill’s favourite tipple. It’s always been made in England but was sold to an international company that only distributed it in the USA and Japan. A couple of years ago they saw the error in their ways, re-introduced Boodles to the UK and we fell in love. London dry gins have come to define the British style but this is more of a smooth sip with sage and rosemary in its botanicals and no citrus. This is a refined gin for a modern man. Our top tip: Gin loves tonic but it loves cucumber more. Pour over ice and lime and top up with the newcomer mixer Qcumber (available from Ocado) for a refreshing apero. (Available from Sainsbury’s and major wine merchants) FLOWERING TEA If you’ve tried flowering tea before you’ll know it’s a journey of the senses: from the artfully unfurling flower to the divine scent of the tea and
the delicate, comforting hot drink. Caffeine free, beautiful and fragrant, it’s a welcome change from the standard coffee, tea and biscuits Christmas gift. Better still buy it for yourself and serve it at the end of your Christmas get together. We’re crazy about Dragon’s Den winners Flora Tea - from the moment you see the box it will make you smile. The box blossoms in a colourful show of origami-like folds, just as the tea flower does in hot water. Each box contains six tea flowers, individually wrapped in little foil blankets. Each tea flower has its own look and flavour. Our top tip: Pour hot water onto the tea flower in a heatproof glass in front of your guests and listen to the aah’s and ooh’s as the flower blossoms. Indoor fireworks with a lot less noise. This is not your standard builders brew so let the boiled water sit a while before pouring for a better flavour. After drinking, rinse the tea flower carefully in cold water, pop into a small glass and
then re-cover it in plain cold water. It’ll keep as a pretty table decoration for up to a week. You can get three brews out of each flower. Don’t tell your guests or they may never leave… (Available at floratea.co.uk or Amazon) Teddington local Sophie Edginton is founder of thedinnerset.com – packed with recipes, tips and dinner kits.
Festive Cocktails with Lady Tipplesworth
HERE’S NOTHING LIKE A GOOD COCKTAIL to help you get into the festive spirit, so TW11 Magazine has enlisted the help of cocktail guru and Richmond ‘Best Small Business’ Award winner, Frankie Snobel (aka Lady Tipplesworth) to create a menu with her top holiday tipples.
Christmas is all about enjoying the company of dear family and friends, wearing cosy jumpers and indulging in delicious food and drink. I love wellmade classic cocktails, using premium ingredients and mixed with some TLC. And at this time of year, I’ve been known to give them festive twists to add a bit of seasonal fun. GINGER MULE A retro classic that is deliciously refreshing and filled with zing! The Ginger Mule is meant to be served in a copper mule cup, but tastes just as fabulous in a glass tumbler if you don’t have one. Ingredients: • 50ml Ketel One Vodka • 12.5ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice • 2 Drops of Angostura Bitters • Top with Fentimans Ginger Beer • Lime Wedge Method: Fill your mule cup with ice. Pour in vodka and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Add 2 drops of Angostura Bitters to the top. Garnish with a wedge of lime. Festive Twist: Sloe Mule - Try swapping the vodka for sloe gin (Sipsmith is my favourite!) and use orange bitters instead of Angostura Bitters. 6 | TW11 – December 2016
OLD FASHIONED Simple, strong and smooth - this classic whiskey cocktail is welldeserved of a revival. Made popular again by the television series, Mad Men (Don Draper’s drink of choice), this delicious cocktail is a great way to explore drinking whiskey. And patience is the key to a good Old Fashioned, as lots of stirring is required to transform it into a perfect sipping cocktail. Ingredients: • 50ml Woodford Reserve Bourbon • 10ml Tipplesworth Pure Cane Sugar Syrup • 3 Drops of Angostura Bitters • Orange Peel Method: In a rocks glass, add the sugar syrup and bitters. Then pour in the bourbon gradually, stirring with a cube of ice. Add a couple of more ice cubes and stir some more. Peel a wide slice of orange peel and twist over drink to release citrus oils. Add peel to drink and stir. Add another ice cube to top up glass and stir again. Festive Twist: Maple Old Fashioned - Try swapping the sugar syrup for maple syrup, which adds woody and roasted/toasted flavour notes. BRAMBLE A London born modern classic that is deliciously tart and fruity. The original recipe was created by bartending legend, Dick Bradsell, in 1980’s London. Ingredients: • 40ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin • 20ml Lemon Juice • 10ml Tipplesworth Pure Cane Sugar Syrup • 20ml Crème de Mure • Blackberry Method: Pour gin, sugar syrup and lemon juice into a
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ETWEEN 23RD MARCH AND EASTER SUNDAY 27th March this year, Stuart and Martin Levett - the brothers who co-own Foundry Fitness and Wellness Centre in Teddington - set a new Guinness World Record. With a mixed team of 12 runners they ran the 874 miles non-stop in relay from John O’Groats to Lands End (known as JOGLE) in a new world record time of 4 days 18 hours and 2 minutes – beating the old record by over 18 hours!! At the same time they raised £15,000 for two charities that are close to their hearts - Shooting Star Chase Hospice who cared for the brother of one of the team and supported his family, and Mind who share their wish to raise awareness and to help those suffering with mental illness. They sent the necessary evidence to Guinness World Records who scrutinized it and confirmed 10 | TW11 – December 2016
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Perfecting Christmas WE LOOK FORWARD TO CHRISTMAS for what seems like months in advance, giving ourselves every opportunity to get the details just right. But in amongst the festive cheer, a sense of dread can begin to creep in as the pressure mounts to have the perfect Christmas. So why are the Christmas holidays so fraught with challenge? Firstly, timing plays its part. Falling so close to the winter solstice, at the deepest, darkest point of the season, pre-Christian Pagans traditionally held mid-winter celebrations to combat the prevalent sense of cold, darkness and hunger. While that feeling has been abated somewhat by modern living standards, many of us feel a sense of being lacklustre if not depressed at this time of year. We can sometimes have expectations that the magic of Christmas can and must lift us out of this seasonal funk. Then just like Ebenezer Scrooge we have the ghost of Christmas past to contend with. We can fall foul of approaching the festive season from the perspective we did when we were children. When we were young the entirety of Christmas was geared up to deliver the most special of times. Perhaps the mistake we make is expecting to repeat this as adults. We want treats galore, self-indulgence, luxuriousness, to allow ourselves constant instant gratification. We can live an adult life with much discipline and order for the rest of the year, yet come Christmas all bets are off and the temptation is to become a toddler overnight. And anyone who knows toddlers will recognise their wilfulness when it comes to getting things their own way. Next we are exposed to the inherent dangers of spending time with family members for extended periods. Personalities will inevitably clash, likes and dislikes born as far back as childhood are in danger of bubbling to the surface. Tolerance of annoying habits can snap into heated interactions that are regretted later. Lastly there is the pressure of inviting people, who may have a penchant for criticism or at best have 12 | TW11 – December 2016
a lack of diplomacy into our homes. Or the flip side of this coin, being invited to someone else’s home and feeling challenged while out of our comfort zone. Being mindful about these pitfalls will get you off to a good start to combating their effects. By making a conscious effort to navigate through the minefield a different experience can be had. While we can’t change what other people do (as tempting as it is to try), the real work can be done when we remember we are the masters of our own experience. It’s important to understand that where ever you make an effort to stay connected to your feelings and listening to your internal dialogue you have the opportunity to change that experience. We all have a host of negative emotions and thoughts available to dip into at any time. But we also have an innate ability to pull on positive thoughts and feelings to help balance out that negative. Most of us will be familiar with the experience of being around people who seem to ‘drain our energy’. Having a willingness to admit that we have a huge input into our own energy levels is a good start. Looking at what we are focusing on and how are we talking to ourselves will make space for healthier input. If we could review every thought and feeling we had in a day, it is likely we’d be horrified by the harshness and lack of compassion we extend to ourselves and this is reflected in how we relate to others. Making small wins is the key. When we remember to keep our positive reenforcement tool to hand an ability to chip away at habitual thinking can deliver significant change.
Instead of resenting having our buttons pushed, a certain enjoyment can be had in using these buttons as a means to learn about ourselves, to question where the beliefs come from and ask if they are really valid. We can start to work on accepting the feeling or thought, and ask if it is helping us to continue to feed it. There will inevitably be a pull to add more fuel to the fire, but here is where the change occurs. If we can pull our attention to choosing to let the criticism go, let the thoughts that are causing us to be upset go, we will open up a different dynamic. If we hear that internal voice criticise that you shouldn’t be upset in the first place, we have the opportunity to tell it to stop. The pressure of expectation and the stress we put upon ourselves to have the perfect Christmas can be immense. Most people will be struggling with similar problems at one point or another, so remember it is okay to be human. As they say in Alcoholics Anonymous, ‘It works if you work it’, meaning the more focus and practice you give to something the better the results. The more often we
remember to ask ourselves how we are feeling or check in with what we are thinking the more clear ur internal landscape becomes. Don’t be disheartened if you find yourself getting lost in the moment and falling into old patterns. The more you practise introspection and self awareness the more easily it will come. Like a muscle you build at the gym, self-reflection needs to be developed. But just as a fit and healthy body gives pleasure, so too does a fit and healthy mental and emotional state. Perhaps Christmas after Christmas you have been travelling down the same path repeating old habits. By making different choices as to how to deal with those patterns, a different direction can be taken where new and rewarding ground can be gained. Christmas is the ideal opportunity to meet the challenge from a different perspective and come out the other side more in-touch and informed about ourselves. Perhaps that’s the biggest gift we can give ourselves this Christmas. Amanda Steel is a local relationship councillor and author
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History Focus The Public Houses of Teddington Part IV
S I HAVE SAID PREVIOUSLY, THE Beerhouse Act of 1830 was the springboard for many new beerhouses in the town. We are now in the 1860s and the first pub to consider is The Duke of York in North Lane. There is some dispute as to the date when this pub first opened. I have read that it was built in 1862 but the first landlord I can trace is Thomas Houlding from Clacton, Essex in 1871. His family ran it for about ten years. They were succeeded by Richard Holter and his wife. Two further families, the Rollings and the Butlers took over from 1898-1910 and 1911-1937 respectively. Annoyingly the Butlers were later to be my next door neighbours but I was too small at that time to be thinking about pubs and ask them the leading questions! I have a vague recollection of the pub but cannot recall ever having seen a picture. It closed in 1953.
Another North Lane pub was The Prince Alfred, later to become The Prince of Wales. This opened in 1869 and I think the Haley family were the first occupants. They were certainly there in 1871 for the census. The Haleys were replaced by the Clarkes by 1891 and by 1901 the landlord was William Silver. I am not absolutely sure that William stayed with the pub until it closed in 1914 but the start of WW1 saw its demise. William went on to operate a horse drawn cab from Teddington Station and was a popular local figure. Later still he became the night watchman at the Savoy cinema where he was unfortunately murdered when the cinema was robbed. On hearing that William Silver was dead, the killer – Norris Megaw – was overcome with contrition and gave himself up to the police. He was tried for murder, found guilty and sentenced to be hanged which was later commuted to life imprisonment. 22 | TW11 – December 2016
We now come to The Horse & Groom in Waldegrave Road. This pub was also first opened in 1869. In the attached picture (taken during the tenancy of William Strugnell), the description refers to stabling, presumably at the rear of the premises, and so it must have been a substantial establishment in its heyday. It had a succession of landlords and kept going into the 1990s. It suffered from not having a car park and being on a bus route with double yellow lines outside its door. It earned the nickname of ‘The House of Gloom’ from the other publicans and closed its doors in 1996. It later re-opened as part of the Pizza Express chain. Moving over to the Hampton Wick end of town, we can see The Eagle in Schoolhouse Lane which allegedly opened in 1869. I know absolutely nothing about this pub other than that it was in the hands of William George Gent and his family for a long period. It closed in 1914 and the building reverted to domestic use. It is looks very much like a pub today. The Northampton Arms opened in 1871 at No 9 Park Terrace in Broad Street. Again I know nothing about this pub other than that it had a fairly undistinguished history until it closed in 1914, another victim of WW1. The first landlord was Alfred Callaway, succeeded by Walter Padbury, Henry Jones and Henry Minter. Now we find a confusing situation. In 1866 a building in Park Lane became a pub and opened its doors as The Prince of Wales, not to be confused with The Prince of Wales around the corner in North Lane. This pub was run by Thomas Ellum who worked in Barclay’s Wax Candle Factory in Waldegrave Road, and his family successfully ran the pub for over 20 years. The building had previously been a laundry and after it closed in
1914, (yet another closure from WW1), it became a private dwelling. The building is still standing and is amongst the oldest in Teddington. Jumping back to Schoolhouse Lane, there existed another pub there named The Prince Alfred. This one opened in 1880 and the first landlords were John and Sarah Reaves. Once again the pub prospered without seeming to hit the headlines. When I was researching the opening of the Railway Station, a gentleman by the name of Rob Robb sent me a picture of his grand-mother Sarah Boyer and great grand-mother, also Sarah Boyer, standing at the door of the pub. Sarah the younger’s husband James was listed as the ‘Beer Retailer’ but he was also an engine driver. One day in January 1891, James found himself on a disciplinary charge for running his engine into the buffers at Kingston Station. Whatever the official verdict was, unofficially this was put down to a later than usual night at The Prince Alfred. The pub closed in 1939. Another of the boom pubs was The Abercorn Arms in Church Road. Built in 1863 by The Kingston Brewery, it was acquired by Young & Co in 1887. The first landlord was Edward Hopwood, although he and his family were there for less than ten years. The Griffiths family were entrenched by 1881 and were still there in 1891. Next came the Mildenhalls who were still in place at the start of WW1. It was clearly successful as in 1940 it expanded into the shop next door but it remained a beer house. It was not granted a full licence until 1950. It takes its name from the Earls of Hamilton and Abercorn, whose coat of arms it used to display but I have not been able to trace the connection.
Almost diagonally opposite The Abercorn stood The Willoughby Arms, built in 1869. This pub was opened by Alfred and Sarah Robinson but they did not stay there long. They were succeeded by the Drummond family and by 1898, by George Byard. It was probably during his tenancy that the status of the premises was upgraded to ‘Hotel’ and George Byard is described as a licensed victualler. This change was very clearly successful and the pub carried on trading into WW11 until disaster struck on the night of November 29th/30th 1940. It was to be a night that Teddington remembered vividly
as being the heaviest air raid of the war. 130 highexplosive bombs were dropped, as well as three to five thousand incendiaries, completely destroying 150 dwellings and damaging 6,000 more. The loss of life was about 68 persons. That night The Willoughby was having the pay out of its Christmas Loan Club and was very busy. The pub took a direct hit and was destroyed, killing the landlord, Frank Tomlin and seven others. It took at least four days to dig all of the bodies out of the wreckage. The pub was never rebuilt. That’s it for this edition but there is still more to come. Don’t forget if you have any interesting stories or other folklore about any of the pubs, I would be very pleased to hear them. Once again I am indebted to my friend Paddy Ching for her notes and to the Dead Pubs website.
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Teddington Update AMID THE ENCIRCLING GLOOM Amongst what has seemed a plethora of bad news in a so far dark and wet November, came the expected Government announcement of their support for a third runway at Heathrow to the north-west of the two existing runways. However, as John Stewart of HACAN pointed out at a recent public meeting in Teddington this is, so far, an amber rather than green light and a start on the ground is unlikely before 2024. He explained that early next year there will be a 4 month consultation on a National Policy Statement on Aviation (NPSA) which will include the Heathrow proposal. In parallel there will be a consultation on Government Airspace Strategy (part of a Europe-wide exercise to make more efficient use of airspace), a sensitive subject in Teddington, following recent flight path variations.
infrastructure projects with a planning inquiry likely in 2019-20 and planning permission, if granted, in perhaps 2020-21. So the most obvious potential obstacles would appear to be the Parliamentary vote in 2018 and the planning process. As has happened in the past with some success, Richmond Council will be working with neighbouring local authorities to investigate the scope for legal challenge at various stages. Clearly important issues will include noise, air pollution and carbon emissions leading to climate change. Despite a gloomy November, 2016 looks to be another recordbreaking year for world temperatures and it would be a disaster for the planet if the recent international agreement in Paris did not stick. BUSHY PARK NEWS At a recent stakeholders’ meeting I learned that every year Parks staff remove cones from the Coulter Pine in the Woodland Gardens. These can weigh up to 10lbs – hence the tree’s other name of Widowmaker Pine. A more worrying issue is the spread of the Oak Processionary Moth the nests of whose larvae can release irritating spines. 1400 nests were removed this year compared with 1000 in 2015.
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Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow / Have I Got News For You) takes a humorous look at life’s potential traps, what can go wrong and how to deal with them. 16 yrs+ Tickets: £15 / £13 LAC Members Pre-show supper available; £8.50 per person. The School of Dance Mortlake Saturday 10th December, 5.30pm & Sunday 11th December, 3pm Students from this local school will be performing The Four Seasons to music by Vivaldi, Glazunov, Gershwin and many others. They will sing and dance through Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter culminating with plenty of festive Christmas spirit! Tickets: £10 adults / £5 U18s Carols By Candlelight Saturday 17th December, 7.30pm Our ever popular festive start to Christmas week, with carols, seasonal music and words performed by Surrey Brass, local choirs and YOU! Come prepared to help raise the roof. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available too! Tickets: £13 / £12 concs / £5 U16s Ticket alert – last few tickets available
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Local Contact Information Hospitals Kingston Hospital NHS Trust Galsworthy Road, Kingston Upon Thames Tel: 020 8546 7711 West Middlesex University Hospital Twickenham Road, Isleworth Tel: 020 8560 2121 NHS Walk-in-Centre Teddington Walk-in Centre Open Mon-Fri, 8am-10pm, weekends and bank holidays 9am–9pm Teddington Memorial Hospital, Hampton Road Tel: 020 8714 4000 Coastguard 020 8312 7380 HM Coastguard London, mcga.gov.uk Local MP Tania Mathias, Conservative tania4twickenham.co.uk/, Tel: 020 8622 4426 Council London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Tel: 08456 122660, Richmond.gov.uk Emergencies (out of hours) Tel: 020 8891 7413
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