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Issue 87 – December 2017



In this issue Local Events Notice Board The Normansfield Bills Children’s Activities Landmark Arts Centre Councillor’s Update

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ECEMBER has arrived and it is feeling suitably frosty for the festive season – brrr. Happily Santa can cope with Arctic conditions so we can expect him on schedule.

This month

History Focus The Normansfield



NE OF MY PASTIMES chased for some WHEN I’M NOT being deadline or other the e-bay pages is to trawl for These trawls can items of Teddington ephemera . produce some surprising results or can be a complete waste of time. Some years ago I spotted an invoice of hospital supplies from a firm There were 137 which had a very letterhead. On in all covering attractive scrutinising the the period from March 1921 to bill more closely, I noticed that it July was made out to either Dr Langdon1930. Each bill was made out to Hospital. I put Down or Mrs Langdon in a bid and waited.Normansfield at Normansfield Down occasion I was On this and was written pipped at the most attractive or last minute and lost out on that personalised letter typed on the sale. Feeling slightly day. Some were heads of the missing out, I for bitter about looked at the same had a milk book, local firms e.g. Job’s Dairy next day and sure dealer the W G Bishop of enough, there Kingston Road supplied gallons invoice made out was another of oil and others to retailers. All in different supplier. Normansfield from a totally all it was a workingwere national I made sure of how a private synopsis of by putting in a getting this lot hospital was run. high bid but the item went for original asking the By far and price and I was away the the happy winner. A couple of days later, two similar B Fordham & Sons biggest supplier was W and I set out to items appeared win these also. Merchants of 36/40 Ltd, Wholesale Hardware Everything did not quite go to York Road, King’s plan London N1 who Cross, There was obviously – I won one and lost one. had 29 invoices. These supplied : 1 sack of ferlo another Teddingto in the market! (?) n collector 4 gallon tea urns, fibre, 1∞ doz pulp bowls, 2 x 3 x black tea trays, saucepan, 6 egg Over the course whisks, 1 x 3 gallon 1 cast iron of the next week 18 rolls of ‘Clevedon fish kettle, appeared and ’ toilet paper, 1 I think I won seven more items heads, doz mop 1 gross of coat of them. It was out of eight hangers, 6 flat becoming a bit clothes buckets, irons, 3 wearing to check closely 6 kneeling mats, on every bid submitted having of 3 Cedar large bottles Oil, I decided to speak 4 Pioneer fire extinguish , so cleaning materials, ers, assorted extremely helpful to the seller who was an chap. I explained more fire extinguish1 No 22 Enterprise mincer, 6 a local historian ers, 3 doz broom and that Normansf that I was 3 doz chamois handles, was right in my leathers, and so patch, so to speak, ield Hospital on. Almost everything one there was a story could and that to be had from running of a hospital imagine in the efficient of the invoices reviewing all kitchen. together. He agreed said that he had with a substantial bundle me and Electricity was supplied by left that he was of invoices the St Marylebon feeding into ebay Borough Council e a time. I asked one or two at Electricity Departme him of 2/6d per quarter. nt at the rate sell the remainde if he would be prepared to r A couple of interestinHow on earth did that work? and he said that outside of ebay in one batch g items appeared he Joshua Margeriso from which was accepted would. I then made an offer n & Co Ltd, Soap Preston. They supplied and waited for Works of to deliver... the postman 5 cwt of White soap and 5 cwt Windsor of Golden Windsor £27.0.0d. in 5 cases soap at Two days later a parcel arrived to Kingston Station. and 20 boxes, carriage paid containing the invoices. I spent They also supplied some time going Buttermilk 2 gross of at £3.4.6d. all and adding through them the ones I had already acquired.

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I am very much looking forward to Christmas, perhaps all the festive activities have warmed the cockles of my heart. Now it is officially December, I finally have the green light to get the decorations out and unleash the tinsel and baubles – bliss.

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As we are heading toward the end of the year I will take the opportunity to wish you a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2018. I’d also like to thank our contributors who do such a great job throughout the year, as well as show appreciation to our advertisers who make it all possible!

Welcome – Page 1 Events Calendar – Page 2 Notice Board – Page 4 Local News – Page 6 Events Listing – Pages 8, 10 & 12

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 year!

TEDx Talk – Page 12 Children’s Activities – Pages 14 & 16


Normansfield Bills – Pages 18 & 20 Councillor’s Update – Page 22

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10th Xmas Concert

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Notice Board Christmas Day Lunch

The Churches in Teddington are once again organising a lunch in Elleray Hall on Christmas Day for the elderly and others who might otherwise be alone that day. If you, or someone you know, might appreciate attending the lunch, put them in touch with Colin and Elizabeth Hicks. The lunch will be accompanied by entertainment, mince pies and other refreshm ents. Volunteers are also needed to give people lifts to and from the lunch, to help with the preparations and to serve the food. Many of the volunteer tasks can be fitted around a family Christmas. This could be all the more enjoyable for having helped to give some folk, who might otherwise be alone, a truly happy Christmas. The Hampton Fuel Allotment Charity is generously supporting the lunch but additional donations are also welcome both of money but also of small gifts for the guests at the lunch. To register attendance, or to offer help, contact: Colin and Elizabeth Hicks: tel 0208 977 8000 or email: Elleray Hall, Elleray Road, Teddington, TW11 0HG

Christmas Fair

Fabulous festive fun including live nativity animals , rocking rodeo reindeer, children’s traditional puppet show, sausage stall, mulled wine and many other fun activi ties and stalls. St. Mary’s & St. Peter ’s Primary School, Some rset Road, Teddington, TW11 9th December, 12 no on - 4pm

Christmas Fair

Saturday 9th December, 3 – 5pm An afternoon of festive fun! With food and drinks from the BBQ, bar and creperie. Lovely gifts to buy including Christmas wreaths, jewellery and Neal’s Yard. Fun for the children with bumper cars, the nerf gun challenge and beat the goalie. Silent auctions, amazing hampers, tombolas and more. And of course, the wonderful Father Christmas grotto! A perfect way to get in the festive mood! Sacred Heart School, St.Mark’s Road, Teddington, TW11 0BT

Christmas Craft Fair – 6th December, 5.30pm – 8pm Have an evening of fun and pick up some wonderful home made gifts, all are welcome. With games, craft making for children, food, hot chocolate, music and carols. Turing House, 2 Queens Road, TW11 0LR

NORMANSFIELD THEATRE, considered to be one of the most important private theatre’s in the country has launched a fundraising lighting appeal to raise £19,000 towards the cost of upgrading all of their stage and front of stage lighting. This will make a big difference to the quality of lighting that can be provided as well as being more efficient and environmentally friendly to run. To donate to the fund, you can do it in the following ways: at uk.virginm By cheque made payable to Down’s Syndrome Association – please write Theatre Appeal on the back of the cheque and post it to our national office in Teddington TW11 9PS By BACS payment to sort code 160032 Account No 10025447 – Account Name: Down’s Syndrome Association. Reference: Theatre appeal Call us Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on 0333 1212 300 and pay by debit/credit card

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Local News The Christmas Dinner Richmond


O YOU WANT TO JOIN AN AMAZING group of local volunteers who are coming together to provide a scrumptious meal and a special and fun-filled Christmas day for young adult care leavers between the ages of 18 and 25 who otherwise would be alone on Christmas Day? Founded by poet Lemn Sissay in 2013, the idea is spreading around the country and in 2017 Richmond is taking it up, only the second London Borough to make this happen. The Christmas Day Dinner is happening on the 25th itself in a stunning location very near to Bushy Park. 50 young local people are invited, who have just left the care system, to a once in a life time dinner. The event will create a special day for people who may never have had that experience or even more, had very negative experiences at Christmas. People of all ages and backgrounds are pooling their energies and resources to create a traditional, family-feel Christmas Day.

Local School Nominated for Award


OCAL INDEPENDANT SCHOOL, HAMPTON Court House, has been nominated for a prestigious national award for contributions to the community. The school’s ‘Form Seven’ programme of evening classes and talks for local people is shortlisted for a TES Independent Schools Award, the ‘Oscars of independent education’, in the community initiative of the year category. The school runs weekly evening classes for adults, with subjects offered including French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, drawing and painting, photography, presentation skills, sewing, ballet and mindfulness. ‘We decided we would try to make a direct impact in our local community by opening our 6 | TW11 – December 2017

Help is needed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and with the clean up on the 27th December. You could be decorating the venue, wrapping presents, making the venue look wonderful. Or could you help by transporting items to and from the event. Would you make an entertaining Maitre d’? They also need kitchen helpers, washer uppers and people who help clear away. Funds are needed to help pay for taxis for guests (there’s no public transport on Xmas Day). Many guests will never have had presents at Christmas before so we are appealing to local business to help too. For more information, email, visit the Facebook page (The Christmas Dinner, Richmond Upon Thames) Or see Lemn’s blog: - sthash. KtdcXJrg.dpbs classrooms to everyone. No matter one’s age, there’s always something new to learn. Why should school end at 18?’ explains Adam D’Souza, the founder and director of the programme. The courses are led by staff from Hampton Court House and are open to all. Local people, parents, teachers and students come together in a friendly learning environment. Guy Holloway, the Headmaster of Hampton Court House, added: ‘We seek to create a lifelong love of learning. Form Seven enables us to make that aim a reality, and has put Hampton Court House at the heart of local life as a place of cultural and intellectual growth.’ The final winner will be announced in an award ceremony in February 2018. For more information about the programme see

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Saturday 9th - Saturday 16th December, Evenings 7.45p.m. except Sunday at 3pm Second matinee at 3pm Saturday 16th December • No performance on Wednesday

The Railway Children Stage version by E. Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny and directed by John Roth. If ever there was a ‘timeless’ classic tale, this is surely it. There have been many stage adaptations, but the one by Mike Kenny for the now famous presentation at Waterloo Station, later at Kings Cross, is the one chosen for their Christmas production. This is loosely described as the ‘Adult’ version, but do not let this influence you, since it is basically nostalgic: all it needs, as Mr. Kenny points out, is imagination, and as Bobbie says in the very opening: ‘Do you remember? We were the Railway Children.’ Come and enjoy this charming and exquisite piece of our literary heritage. Call the box office (between 10am - 7 pm only please) on 07484 927 662. Richmond Shakespeare Society at The Mary Wallace Theatre, The Embankment, Twickenham, TW1 3DU

Saturday 9th – Saturday 16th December Weekend 2.30pm & 6.30pm, No performance Monday 11th, Weekdays 7.30pm

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By Alan Bennett, adapted from the book by Kenneth Grahame. When Toad’s latest craze lands him in prison the Weasels occupy Toad Hall and plan to turn it into a Leisure Centre... Will Toad escape to reclaim the ancestral home? Will Mole, Ratty and Badger forgive him and come to his aid? Will Albert the horse EVER cheer up?! This timeless English classic is given a festive, musical twist in Alan Bennett’s charming adaptation. A perfect Christmas treat! Poop Poop! Tickets: Child (under 14) £9, Members £13, NonMembers £17, Member family tickets £35, Nonmember family tickets £38 (Family tickets are for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children). Box Office: Telephone: 0845 838 7529 (10am – 8pm). Online: Main auditorium of Hampton Hill Theatre

Saturday 9th December, 7.30pm Normansfield Christmas Concert The Christmas Concert has been a tradition at Normansfield Theatre for several years. This year they’ll be starting with a male voice choir, following by Larandina Dance Company, and finishing with the Marble Hill Singers. Thanks to all the performers who have given their time free of charge to help raise money for the Down’s Syndrome Association. Doors will open at 6.45pm. All proceeds are going to the Down’s Syndrome Association Continues on page 10


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Sunday 10th December, 7pm Christmas Concert Collis Choral Singers present this programme which will include works by Bach, Hassler, Lassus, Mendelssohn, Parry, Schubert and Victoria and traditional carols for choir and audience. Conductor: Sebastian Valentine; Accompanist: Duncan Appleby. Mulled wine and mince pies available during the interval. Tickets £10 (concessions £8, children free) on the door. St Mark’s Church, St Mark’s Road, Teddington, TW11 9DE

Sunday 10th December, 7.30pm Coro Coro is back by popular demand to perform Christmas music. Accompanied by harpist Jane Lister they will sing works by Britten, Faure, Durufle as well as traditional carols to be sung by all. Minced pies and mulled wine will be served in the cafe between 6.45pm and 7.30pm when the audience will take their seats in the Gallery for a performance which will start your Christmas in style. Tickets: £16 / £14.40 Strawberry Hill House, 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4ST

Sunday 10th December, 7pm Opera Encores Following the success of Carmen, La Boheme, the Magic Flute and Madam Butterfly, Commedia Productions returns to present an entertaining guided tour through the evolution of opera. The evening is illustrated with fully-staged popular scenes and features a company of professional soloists accompanied by The Virtual Reality Orchestra. Enjoy the best loved highlights from Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Leoncavallo and Puccini. Tickets: £15 from 0333 1212 300 or online at Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park, TW11

Wednesday 13th November, 8pm Teddington WI Christmas social. Constitutional Club, 5 Stanley Rd, TW11

Saturday 16th December at 7.30pm Christmas Concert Presented by Cantanti Camerati with carols for choir and audience, organ, brass ensemble and handbells. Tickets £15, under 16s free, or at the door. St Mary’s Parish Church, Church St, Twickenham

Saturday 16th December, 6-10pm Ladies Pamper Evening Continues on page 12

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Local News Saturday 16th December, 7.30pm Christmas Music with Carols

Hampton Choral Society present this concert under the direction of Richard Harker with Helen Burns (soprano), Ian Beadle (baritone) and accompanied by a string quintet and organ. Tickets: adults £15, juniors £7.50. Contact Di Bidwell - bid-well. or 020 8941 5394. St Mary’s University Chapel, Strawberry Hill.

Celebrated TEDx Talk Returns


ED TALKS ARE INFLUENTIAL PRESENTATIONS given by people who have credibility in a field and have ideas worth sharing. The topics are wide ranging and the audience for online videos is global. On 20th January 2018, you can see some new TED Talk speakers in person at the Rose Theatre in Kingston when TEDx KingstonUponThames presents a full day programme of live talks on the theme ‘Out of Order’. The only constant is change. It’s all around us - at home, at work, online, offline, in our city streets, our phones and in the way we view the world. Change is disconcerting yet exciting and that is why they have chosen to explore the theme of ‘Out of Order’ for the event at the Rose Theatre, Kingston. ‘Out of Order’ can have many different interpretations. The phrase can indicate change, disruption, sub-cultures, a broken situation, radical solutions or a different way of looking at things from technology and design to adventure, culture and the way we live and work now and in the future. The speakers will delve into a wide variety of challenging topics such as:

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Saturday 6th January, 7.30pm New Year in Old Vienna With music by Mozart, Schubert, Sullivan, J Strauss II, Lehar, Stolz, Kreisler, Ivor Novello and Noel Coward. This is the ideal way to start the new year! Helen Clutterbuck (soprano), Daniel D’Souza (baritone) Tony Lamb (clarinet), Tom Higgins (piano). Tickets: £12 and £10 from 0333 1212 300 or online at Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park, TW11

Managers – Who Needs Them How to Feed 9 Billion People Could a 4 Year Old Change the World Challenging the Middle Eastern Myth TEDx is a global programme of independentlyorganised events based on the world-famous TED Talks model. Through a day-long event of live talks and performances, TEDxKingstonUponThames – entirely not-for-profit and run by volunteers – strives to bring the community together and spark meaningful discussions. After a sell-out success for the inaugural event in November 2016 at Kingston University, they are expanding on a grand scale to become one of the largest TEDx events in London. Nicholas Rogers, chairman of TEDxKingstonUponThames, said, ‘The local community is at the heart of our events and we’ve been touched by the hugely positive response to our efforts. We’re a group of volunteers who do this because we love TED and we could not succeed without the support of local people.’

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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


Mondays: various times and ages. Fun games and activities including ball handling skills, bat and ball techniques and agility. Contact: 020 8398 3034,, Teddington Baptist Church, Church Rd, TW11


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, 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..

Dragon Drama

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Hampton Hill Theatre Drama, Music and Movement (4-6 years, Weds 4-5pm. Pre-school Drama (2-4 years 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@

Footie Tots

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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 & 4.45pm-5.30pm ages 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 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.

Little Wrigglers Dance, Perform & Play

Monday 1.45-2.30pm 2-4 years Thursdays: 9.30-10.15am, 2-4 years, 10:3011.15am, 2-4 years. A creative mix of dance, music and mime to inspire your child to move to music. Contact: Rachel 07817 691660, littlewrigglers. 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 Continues on page 16

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Children’s Activities Contact: Claire Slade 020 8847 4031, Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, Tw11 9NN

Noah’s Ark

Thursdays 10-11:30am Join us with your babies or children under 4 for fun with toys, crafts, singing and stories. There is a baby area for pre-walkers. All are welcome. Contact St Michael’s Fulwell, Wilcox Rd, TW11 0SP

Rainbow Music

For children aged 9mths-4yrs Fun and colourful drop-in music sessions. 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 9.30am and 10.15am. Teddington Baptist Church (conference room), Church Rd, Teddington Thursday 9.30am and 10.15am. St Marks Church Hall, St Marks Road, Teddington £6 per class (£10 if bringing 2 children).

Story Time @ Teddington Library

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

Singing Hands

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

Story Time @ Twickenham Library

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

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Super Soccer Stars

Wednesdays – 3–3.40pm ages: 12–24 mths 3.45–4.30pm ages: 2–3 years Teaching soccer skills in a fun, noncompetitive, educational environment to nurture, build self-confidence and develop teamwork. Contact: Adam 020 8945 7171, Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, Tw11 9NN

Teddington Dance Studio

Ballet, modern, tap, street jazz and melody movement, musical theatre, tinny tappers. For ∞ to 16 year olds. Contact: Natalie 07887 353950,

Tiny Teddies

Second and fourth Friday of the month: 10.30-11am. Bounce and rhyme for babies and toddlers. Contact: 020 8734 3340 Twickenham Library, Garfield Rd, TW1 3JT.

Teddington Tots

Drop in toddler group for children up to 3 yrs old. Open Tuesday and Wednesday, 9.30-11.30am. Offers a session full of fun, activities , music and wide selection of toys. For any queries please contact Maddy 07760228050 Methodist Church Hall, 1 Stanley Road

Tiny Tunes

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History Focus The Normansfield Bills


NE OF MY PASTIMES WHEN I’M NOT being chased for some deadline or other is to trawl the e-bay pages for items of Teddington ephemera. These trawls can produce some surprising results or can be a complete waste of time. Some years ago I spotted an invoice from a firm of hospital supplies which had a very attractive letterhead. On scrutinising the bill more closely, I noticed that it was made out to Normansfield Hospital. I put in a bid and waited. On this occasion I was pipped at the last minute and lost out on that sale. Feeling slightly bitter about missing out, I looked at the same dealer the next day and sure enough, there was another invoice made out to Normansfield from a totally different supplier. I made sure of getting this lot by putting in a high bid but the item went for the original asking price and I was the happy winner. A couple of days later, two similar items appeared and I set out to win these also. Everything did not quite go to plan – I won one and lost one. There was obviously another Teddington collector in the market! Over the course of the next week more items appeared and I think I won seven out of eight of them. It was becoming a bit wearing having to check closely on every bid submitted, so I decided to speak to the seller who was an extremely helpful chap. I explained that I was a local historian and that Normansfield Hospital was right in my patch, so to speak, and that there was a story to be had from reviewing all of the invoices together. He agreed with me and said that he had a substantial bundle of invoices left that he was feeding into ebay one or two at a time. I asked him if he would be prepared to sell the remainder outside of ebay in one batch and he said that he would. I then made an offer which was accepted and waited for the postman to deliver... Two days later a parcel arrived containing the invoices. I spent some time going through them all and adding the ones I had already acquired. 18 | TW11 – December 2017

There were 137 in all covering the period from March 1921 to July 1930. Each bill was made out to either Dr Langdon Down or Mrs Langdon Down at Normansfield and was written or typed on the most attractive personalised letter heads of the day. Some were for local firms e.g. Job’s Dairy had a milk book, W G Bishop of Kingston Road supplied gallons of oil and others were national retailers. All in all it was a working synopsis of how a private hospital was run. By far and away the biggest supplier was W B Fordham & Sons Ltd, Wholesale Hardware Merchants of 36/40 York Road, King’s Cross, London N1 who had 29 invoices. These supplied : 1 sack of ferlo (?) fibre, 1∞ doz pulp bowls, 2 x 4 gallon tea urns, 3 x black tea trays, 1 cast iron saucepan, 6 egg whisks, 1 x 3 gallon fish kettle, 18 rolls of ‘Clevedon’ toilet paper, 1 doz mop heads, 1 gross of coat hangers, 6 flat irons, 3 clothes buckets, 6 kneeling mats, 3 large bottles of Cedar Oil, 4 Pioneer fire extinguishers, assorted cleaning materials, 1 No 22 Enterprise mincer, 6 more fire extinguishers, 3 doz broom handles, 3 doz chamois leathers, and so on. Almost everything one could imagine in the efficient running of a hospital kitchen. Electricity was supplied by the St Marylebone Borough Council Electricity Department at the rate of 2/6d per quarter. How on earth did that work? A couple of interesting items appeared from Joshua Margerison & Co Ltd, Soap Works of Preston. They supplied 5 cwt of White Windsor soap and 5 cwt of Golden Windsor soap at £27.0.0d. in 5 cases and 20 boxes, carriage paid to Kingston Station. They also supplied 2 gross of Buttermilk at £3.4.6d. Continues on page 20

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History Focus (continued) Next on the list was Jones & Homersham, Wholesale Ironmongers of Clarence Street, Kingston-on-Thames. They had 16 invoices which were for the supply of : 4 doz brass hooks, 7 lbs of cut nails, 2 lbs galvanised binding wire, 1 set of castors, 1 tool bag, 6 x 6” barrel bolts, 6 x 2” cast bulbs, 1 set of fire bricks, 2 steel shovels, 1 gross gutter screws and bolts, 6 x 5” striking plates, 7 lbs wall nails, miscellaneous screws, 20 feet of lead piping, 12 bib-cocks, 1 6” mortise lock and 1 gross of curt on hooks J C & J Field of Lambeth provided 5 cwt of Pure Oil Soap. Two interesting items appeared from Gosling & Sons Ltd of George Street, Richmond, which seemed more suited to the Langdon Downs themselves rather than the actual hospital. The larger of the two was for £48.9.4d. and covered lace wool petticoats, navy knickers, white knickers, nightdresses, frocks, dresses, coats and a child’s Jersey frock. An account from Garhard & Hay Ltd, Shipping Agents was in connection with the delivery of a consignment of machine parts from Malmo. What could these have been for ? The firm of George Bettle & Co Ltd, Manufacturers of Hosiery, Underwear, Ties, Shirts and Pyjamas, were a busy supplier with 12 bills to their account. These all covered items such as Dutch tape, pure linen floss, Lombard ties, linen buttons, collar studs, various pins, black bone buttons and so on etc, rather than any finished goods. Were these items for running repairs or were some of the patient’s clothes made at Normansfield ? A solitary invoice from Genatosan 20 | TW11 – December 2017

Ltd of Regent Street, Loughborough was for 3 phials of antiinfluenza vaccine. There also appeared eight bills from Gaydon & Sons, Watchmakers and Jewellers of Thames Street, Kingston. These were slightly different from the others in that they were made out to Drs R(eginald) and P(ercival) Langdon Down. All bills were for clocks and watches of some sort and some even had the names of the ultimate receipient in brackets. Were these in respect of long service awards to some of the staff ? Perhaps we will never know. A small batch of ‘one-offs’ were also included – Gaze’s of Kingston had an indecipherable account for 5/6d, Gauntlett’s Carding Machine Co produced a bill for 150 steel spikes for Carding Machine No 183, Frederick George carried out repairs to the welding operating table for 4/6d, the Formalin Hygienic Co Ltd supplied 2 x 1 ld cartons of Formalin Disinfecting Tablets, Fassett & Johnson of the Clerkenwell Road supplied 1 doz large size Angiers Emulsion, whatever that may be! Entertainments were catered for by Messrs Etherington’s of Richmond who serviced and repaired the hospital gramophones and also supplied new records. One of their invoices was for the repair of no less than five separate gramophones. The well known firm of Eastman & Son, Cleaners kept the hospital in order with five invoices covering their services. A lone account from Eagle Star Insurance was in respect of Normansfield’s livestock. The firm of D Wilkin & Co Ltd provided a monthly supply of ‘En Avent’ yeast as is evidenced by their accounts.

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The still trading company of Arthur Sanderson & Sons Ltd was a regular supplier to the hospital with 16 invoices for the supply of decorating materials. Arthur Beale, Specialist Upholsterers, provided various products.

Local grocers, W G Bishop & Sons of 210 Kingston Road were regular suppliers of gallons of oil, black Meltonian, soap flakes, sugar, Ideal sauce and a variety of cakes.

jams, conserves, chutneys and jellies. Clearly someone had a sweet tooth. Having reviewed all of the items to my satisfaction, there was one thing that still puzzled me and I needed to go back to my seller in Dorset for this. My question was ‘From where did you acquire this collection in the first place?’ The answer was that they came from a council rubbish tip in Reading. Rather than settle the matter, it now begs the question of how a series of settled invoices from a private hospital in Hampton Wick from 1921 to 1930 could end up in a council tip in Reading in 2009? Should any readers have any answers or suggestions, I would be delighted to hear from them.

A delivery book from Job’s Dairy shows that there was a liking for cream at the hospital. Lastly a couple of items of delicacy from the well-known and still trading firm of Wilkin & Sons Ltd of Tiptree, Essex. Addressed to Mrs R Langdon Down, these invoices were for various

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Teddington Update TEDDINGTON STATION LIFTS TEPHEN KNIGHT AND I RECENTLY met Network Rail who lose their funding if the March 2020 deadline for the lifts is not met. So that is concentrating their minds. I’m pictured here with Vince Cable on an earlier visit.


On the Victoria Road side the plan is to put the lift in a self-supporting brick structure on the north side of the bridge inside the station boundary. Network Rail seemed unaware that the public have used the bridge for years and that until recently there was a barrier down the middle separating the general public from railway passengers. Although the station is presently open access, revenue protection barriers might come in the future. I made it clear I would take a dim view of the general public not being able to use the lift and an even dimmer view of the general public not being able to use the bridge. On the Station Road side there are two options, both involving land owned by the former garden centre. One is to the north of the bridge involving acquiring a piece of garden centre land. The other is on the eastern side involving acquiring the land on which the hut stands.

infrastructure and that they should not assume that housing development would be approved. Maybe the reprovision of the Park Road surgery as part of a mixed development could be the answer. Meanwhile the Mayor of London has confirmed that the front counter will close by the end of the year but has not said when the staff, including the Safer Neighbourhood Teams, will vacate the building or where they will go. LOCAL PLAN The Inspector’s hearings on the new Local Plan have now been completed and we await his report on whether the plan is ‘sound’. Of particular local interest will be whether he is happy with the upgrading of the designation of Udney Park Playing Fields from Other Open Land of Townscape Importance to Local Green Space. Both designations are inconsistent with the plans Quantum has to develop the site but the Local Green Space designation is stronger requiring ‘very special circumstances’ to be demonstrated to justify any significant development. LAST MONTH IN THE GARDEN Cimifuga racemosa or bugbane is a modest herbaceous North American perennial which has the advantage, in my north-facing garden at least, of not flowering until November. However the flowers are not frost hardy so the display can be short-lived or never quite make it. There are purple variants.

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Martin Elengorn is a long term local resident and Councillor for Teddington Ward

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, Local MP Sir Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat Tel: 020 8977 0606 Local Council London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Tel: 08456 122660, Emergencies (out of hours) Tel: 020 8891 7413 Local Councillor Public Surgeries Teddington Ward plus Cllr Locke 1st Saturday of each month at Teddington Baptist Church, Hampton Wick 1st Wednesday of each month at Hampton Wick Library, 5pm. No appointment necessary Associations • Friends of Bushy & Home Parks Annie Murray , Tel: 020 8287 2748, • The League of Friends Teddington Memorial Hospital,

• The Teddington Society • Totally Locally Teddington Teddington Library Waldegrave Road, TW11 8NY, Tel: 020 8734 3304 OPENING HOURS: Mon: 9.30-7pm, Tues: 9.30am-6pm Wed: 10am-7pm, Thurs & Fri: 9.30am-6pm Sat: 9.30am-4pm, Sun: 1pm-5pm Teddington Safer Neighbourhoods Team 020 8721 2748, 07768 178924 Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre Vicarage Road, TW11 8EZ, Tel: 020 8977 9911 Teddington Sports Centre Teddington School, Broom Road, TW11 9PJ Telephone: 020 8977 0598 Elleray Hall Elleray Road, Teddington, TW11 0HG Telephone: 020 8977 0549 Email: Richmond Talking Newspaper for the Blind Local Web Resources, @teddingtontown

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Pyjamas Day Helps Local School Raise Funds for Children in Need


ACRED HEART PRIMARY SCHOOL in St Marks Road has been busy raising money for BBC Children in Need. Fundraising efforts raised £530 to support disadvantaged children and young people here in the UK. The children’s school council arranged a ‘Wear your jimjams for the day!’ as the main fundraiser which was embraced by pupils and teachers alike in exchange for a donation. Toys & books were also on sale and a delicious cake sale after school ended what was a fun and very worthy day of fundraising on 17th November. Every year the Sacred Heart community do their best to raise as much awareness and money as they can for Children in Need as it supports the school values of generosity, consideration and care. Speaking of their efforts, Headteacher Mrs

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