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Issue 78 – February 2017



In this issue Up & Coming Designers Local Events A Trip to the Chemist Children’s Activities Teddington Update Landmark Arts Centre Notice Board

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EBRUARY brings hopes of warmer and longer days. Although I have to admit that after a period of frost, ice and even snow, I have been enjoying the ‘old school’ flavour to our January weather. You could almost pretend global warming isn’t happening, except who would be so foolish?

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BEC BRITTAIN is a New York based product designer lighting and driven by a love materials, intuitive of luxurious forms and forward-th technology. inking After studying product design, philosophy and architectu re Brittain began her career designing and producing Handcrafting hardware bespoke door hardware. her diverse interests allowed her to unify and discover a metalworking. love of She continued to hone her craft while acting as Design Director for the renowned Lindsey Adelman Studio from 2008 to 2011. In 2011, Brittain opened her studio in Brooklyn, own where she developed her signature product, the critically acclaimed SHY Light.

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Tanya introduces us to five up and coming designers to look out for in 2017 in her interiors column. Have your wish list ready as she inspires us with some beautiful product design. See page 12. This month Ken Howe invites us on a Trip to the Chemist and throws some light onto the evolution of this high street staple. See page 18.

I hope you enjoy this issue of TW11 and look forward to seeing you again next month.

to explore and experiment with new technique s and materials, pushing the boundaries of American-made, centerpiece lighting Brittain products design. Bec are all designed by Bec; each is and engineered then produced in New York, using a broad variety of techniques and a trusted network of local fabricators piece is hand assembled and artisans. Every by their studio personally inspected team and by the designer BETHAN GRAY, an award winning Welsh designer, has an extraordin ary hails from an ancient background. Her family centuries migrated Rajasthani clan that over across Arabia and before settling in the Celtic heartland Persia of Wales. As part of her exhibition designed for Mohamad at DesignJunction, she sought after, masterful Reza Shamsian, a highly Iranian artist, to contemporary the design world.

Shamsian had been designer to translatesearching for the perfect his ancient, traditiona into modern and l craft contemporary designs. When came across the he award-winning Bethan Gray, he was immediate ly drawn to her highly original style and her deep empathy for Islamic art and craft.

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Contents Welcome – Page 1 Events Calendar – Page 2 Notice Board – Page 4 Local News – Page 6 Events Listings – Pages 8 – 10 Up and Coming Designers – Pages 12 & 13


Children’s Activities – Pages 14 & 16 A Trip to the Chemist – Pages 18 & 20

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Events Calendar February 2017 Monday


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Dead Parrot Society see p8 Street Car Name d Desire – see p8

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Mum2mum Sale see p8

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Music & Magic see p8


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Marriage of Figaro see p4

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Drama For Adults see p10



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The Snow Dragons – see p10







History Talk see p6

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Jazz at the Movies see p24



Theatre Production see p10


Landmark Stories Festival– see p25 London Potters – see p4

Theatre Production – see p10 Until 4th March

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Notice Board MEETING ON NIGHT FLIGHT CONSULTATION Thursday 9th February, 7.30pm

The Government have launched a consultation on Night flight restrictio ns at Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted. There is a very short time for people to submit responses with the consultation closing on the 28th February. It is important that people reply and the Teddingt on Action Group will reply as an organisation. Please attend the meeting to give TAG your views on the consultation document and to comment on the draft TAG response. A draft response can be found at Sugden Hall, Station Road, Teddington (Next door to Christ Church and opposite Teddington Business Park)

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Saturday 11th February, 10.15am – 4pm Postcard Fair

Saturday 11th February 6.30 – 10.00pm The Marriage of Figaro Thames Philharmonia Opera performed The Marriage of Figaro in November 2016. The performance sold out immediately, and they have now booked a second performance of Mozart’s immortal opera ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ in its original Italian. There will also be English subtitles. The performance is staged with full orchestra – The Thames Philharmonia, conducted by Musical Director Byung-Yun Yu and directed by Sarah De Winter. Tickets: £23 from 0333 1212 300 or book online. Normansfield Theatre Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park, TW11

Organised by The West London Postcard Club, with 26 stalls of postcards and paper collectables. Buy from top dealers from around the country, with a huge range of postcards old and modern, as well as stamps, ephemera and cigarette cards, at prices well below what you might pay on eBay! And you may have some good spare cards they will want to buy. The West London Postcard Club meets monthly on the third Friday of the month at Chiswick Town Hall, with interesting talks and visiting dealers. Visitors and new members welcome. Enquiries: 01372 725883 . Admission £1. Refreshments available. Teddington Baptist Church, Church Road, Teddington, TW11 8PF

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Local News Christ Church Looks to the Future


ANY PEOPLE MAY HAVE BEEN wondering what has been happening regarding the buildings and congregation of Christ Church. Following the necessary sale of the old Victorian building (forced upon us because being a small independent congregation we were financially unable to repair it, as the Council were insisting) we have continued to worship in what was the Church Hall before, and is accessed from Christchurch Avenue. It is now called ‘Christ Church Meeting Hall’. It also needed significant refurbishment work, and we are proceeding to do this over the next few months. But more than merely refurbishment, we are converting the building into a building far more suitable for church worship. This will take about 8 months, and is due to start in the first few weeks of 2017. While that work is taking place the congregation will need to move out of the building. Fortunately God has provided, and so Christ Church will be meeting for Sunday worship, weekday prayer

meetings, and other church events, in Sugden Hall on Station Road (formerly the church’s scout hut). The various groups which used to use our church hall have all successfully found other venues. In due course Sugden Hall, which is also in a deleterious state of repair, will need to be, and will be, redeveloped - once again providing a community hall which the church can use, and also open to some community groups. When all this work is finished on our church property not only the congregation, but also the local community, will be much better served through our properties. To God be the glory!’ Contributed by Rev Dominic Stockford Christ Church, Station Road, TW11 9AB

Teddington Lock Talk


HE TEDDINGTON SOCIETY USED TO GIVE regular talks but for some reason they fell out of favour. We are now reviving them and hope they will again prove popular in the town. History Group member Ken Howe has chosen to talk about the Lock which is the main reason for Teddington being on the map; the place where the River Thames ceases to be tidal. The place where ancient people forded the river to establish a settlement here which has grown into the town we know and love. In other words our birthplace. With the help of our corporate member we are able to hold this talk at the Lensbury so anyone not familiar with their fabulous facilities can come and enjoy the talk then may visit the bar for drinks and food up to 10pm. After Ken’s told us 6 | TW11 – February 2017

the history of the Lock from its beginning until today there will be time for members of the audience to ask any questions and members of the Society’s Historical Research Group will be on hand to try and answer them. Who knows, we may get the idea for our next talk! Contributed by Sheena Harold An Illustrated Talk by Ken Howe 7.30pm for 8pm, Thursday 23rd February, The Wimbledon Room, The Lensbury, TW11 Cost: £5 (inc comp glass of wine) Tickets in advance – Tel. 020 8977 9404 or Email




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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

Until Saturday 4th February A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams’ passionate, electric, unsettling, timeless masterpiece. One of the finest plays of the 20th century, Streetcar takes us on a journey to a tragic and explosive climax. Tickets on 0845 838 7529 (open 10am to 8pm) or Hampton Hill Theatre: Main Auditorium

Friday 3rd February, 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, The Anglers, 3 Broom Rd, Teddington TW11 9NR

venue with yummy refreshments! Free goody bags, face painting, massage, buggy park, baby changing, feeding area. Plus refreshments and all proceeds to local charity Baby Basics. £2 on the door. Kids Free. Everyone welcome Teddington Baptist Church, Church Rd, Teddington, TW11 8PF

Saturday 4th February 3 - 6pm Music and Magic SEND Family Voices invites you to drop in for their fun-filled Music & Magic afternoon. There will be refreshments, creative pottery, facilitated Lego play, goodie bags and Matthew Garrett (Inner Magic Circle Gold Star) magician to entertain. Funded by NHS England via Healthwatch, this event aims to be fun for all the family. The NHS England will have the opportunity to chat informally to families of children and young people with additional needs about their health services. To book places please email or call 07469 746 145. Cost: free Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park, Teddington, TW11 9PS. Phone: 0333 1212 300

Wednesday 8th February, 8pm Teddington WI

Saturday 4th Feb 2-4pm Nearly New Sale - Mum2mum Market

Cocktail Masterclass. Constitutional Club, 5 Stanley Rd, TW11

Up to 26 stalls selling a huge range of gently used goodies all under their buggy friendly

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Local Events Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th February The Snow Dragons Performances 7.45pm, except Sunday at 3pm Raggi and her friends spend their free time in the mountains playing games of Vikings, dragons and war. When soldiers occupy the town below, they watch their families beaten and silenced... Let down by the adult world, they form ‘The Snow Dragons’, ‘the last line of resistance’, carrying out sabotage missions. But this is no game, and true courage requires great sacrifice. A new play for young people by Lizzie Nunnery, directed by Katie Abbott. Part of the National Theatre Connections Festival 2017, performed by the R.S.S. Senior Youth Theatre Group. Call the box office, 10 am – 7 pm only please, on 020 8744 0547. Richmond Shakespeare Society at The Mary Wallace Theatre, The Embankment, Twickenham, TW1 3DU.

Saturday 25th February, 11am – 12pm The History of Normansfield’s Buildings A talk about the development of Normansfield’s buildings from 1868 until 2016 using maps,

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LL CHILDREN AT SCHOOL IN THIS borough are invited to enter this year’s Floral Art competition held by Richmond Borough in Bloom. They are looking for a colourful eye-catching painting of one or more summer flowers to illustrate a poster publicising their Merit Award gardening competitions for residents and businesses. The paintings are judged in five age groups, from under five years to sixth form, with a finalist and two runners-up in each, from which the overall

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architectural drawings and photographs. Includes new research carried out through a recent U3A Shared Learning Project. Cost: Free Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park, TW11

Sunday 26th February Saturday 4th March From Here To The Library & Too Long An Autumn Two gentle, autumnal comedies by Jimmie Chinn From Here to the Library - dominated by her father, Beryl’s only escape is working at the library. But when she storms out on her new boss, he’s determined to show her that beyond her four walls, life is waiting. Too Long an Autumn - former music-hall star Maisie May checks in to a theatricals’ retirement home, her final curtain approaching. But when a local impresario devises big plans for her, she jumps at the chance of a memorable encore. An amateur production by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd. Tickets on 0845 838 7529 (open 10am to 8 pm) or Hampton Hill Theatre: Coward studio winner is chosen. All 15 top entrants receive a prize pack of art materials. This popular annual competition is usually taken up as a class project in many of the borough’s schools, but pupils are also encouraged to enter paintings they have done in their own leisure time. The closing date for entries is 28th March.

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Homes & Interiors Five Up and Coming Female Designers in 2017


ARAH LOVOINE HAS A VERY sharp and simple retro style. She runs a flagship store in Paris and sells bright and contrasting bold prints of homeware and soft furnishings. She also has a design practice creating fairly pared down but funky rooms with recycled materials and retro furniture.

to explore and experiment with new techniques and materials, pushing the boundaries of American-made, centerpiece lighting design. Bec Brittain products are all designed and engineered by Bec; each is then produced in New York, using a broad variety of techniques and a trusted network of local fabricators and artisans. Every piece is hand assembled by their studio team and personally inspected by the designer BETHAN GRAY, an award winning Welsh designer, has an extraordinary background. Her family hails from an ancient Rajasthani clan that over centuries migrated across Arabia and Persia before settling in the Celtic heartland of Wales. As part of her exhibition at DesignJunction, she designed for Mohamad Reza Shamsian, a highly sought after, masterful Iranian artist, to the contemporary design world.

BEC BRITTAIN is a New York based lighting and product designer driven by a love of luxurious materials, intuitive forms and forward-thinking technology. After studying product design, philosophy and architecture Brittain began her career designing and producing bespoke door hardware. Handcrafting hardware allowed her to unify her diverse interests and discover a love of metalworking. She continued to hone her craft while acting as Design Director for the renowned Lindsey Adelman Studio from 2008 to 2011. In 2011, Brittain opened her own studio in Brooklyn, where she developed her signature product, the critically acclaimed SHY Light. Today, with the help of a small and dedicated team, Brittain continues 12 | TW11 – February 2017

Shamsian had been searching for the perfect designer to translate his ancient, traditional craft into modern and contemporary designs. When he came across the award-winning Bethan Gray, he was immediately drawn to her highly original style and her deep empathy for Islamic art and craft.

MAXINE HALL has an expert eye for pattern and colour. Since covering her bedroom walls with newspaper when she was 13, she’s always had an anarchic take on surface design. Dramatic and eccentric, Blackpop’s wallpapers, fabrics and furniture are aimed at those looking for rich statement pieces that evoke splendid bohemian decadence. MICHAELA SCHLEYPEN is a genuine pioneer and the maker of numerous unique procedures and materials. She was the first to begin floor covering chiselling, taking carpet outline to an alternate level. Michaela has even created her own particular unique shade scale empowering

her to make mats with an exceptional mixed bag of shades. All carpets are only hand crafted utilizing a thick tufting strategy with New Zealand fleece and Chinese silk and additionally striking and astounding materials. Michaela Schleypen provides for some of her mats a gleaming sparkle utilizing Lurex strings and Swarovski precious stones. michaela-schleypen Tanya Dunbavin is a local designer and owns Amok Tel: 0774 784 3566

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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..

Classical Babies

Friday 17th February – Valentines Concert, 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@, 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@


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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

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 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 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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Little Wrigglers Dance, Perform & Play

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

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, 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 Contact: Claire Slade 020 8847 4031, 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, 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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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

Thursdays 10am and 11am mixed ages 3 months-5 years £6 per child/£2.50 siblings. Contact: Lisa 07977 585020, info@ Twickenham Library, Garfield Rd, TW1 3JT

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History Focus A Trip to The Chemist


EFORE EVERY READER BELIEVES me to be a confirmed alcoholic, I have decided on a slight change of subject this month. What do people usually do when they have overindulged in alcoholic beverages ? – they go to the chemist for some sort of remedy. It is commonly understood as to what is the oldest profession but do we know the oldest trade? Bakers and butchers have been plying their trades since time immemorial but running them a close third must be the apothecary. This role has existed under various guises in every early settlement since man stopped hunting/gathering and settled down to a life of farming, living in permanent settlements. All such settlements had their own “medicine man” or “wise woman” to whom the group would turn in times of illness or strife. These people operated under a variety of different names; I have already mentioned the apothecary which was the lowest in status of all of the medical profession, following physicians (at the top), and doctors and surgeons. The Apothecary Society was founded in 1617. There also existed the alchemist who is now largely remembered as one who sought to turn base metals into gold. Then there was the chemist; someone who mixed chemicals in a laboratory unlike the pharmacist who mixed chemicals outside of the laboratory (i.e. in his own pharmacy). There is also the druggist, which is not as sinister a role as it sounds but someone who mixes chemicals. Finally there is the “wiseman or woman” (usually a woman) who was a much respected herbalist acting in rural areas as doctor, nurse and midwife. So, if you were taken ill in Teddington, who did you turn to? There had been a long tradition of the monasteries of Britain providing a basic medicinal and health care service to their communities and indeed many hospitals can trace their roots back to such institutions. Since 969 B.C. Teddington had been governed by the monks of Westminster Abbey and it is fair to assume that a few of them resided in Teddington to oversee the farming

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activities. The Black Death wiped out half of the population in 1348 and further outbreaks of the plague occurred in 1361, 1364, 1368, 1371, 1375, 1390 and 1405. Although we do not know for sure, it may be fair to presume that the monks tended to the sick during these desperate times. In 1536, Henry VIII acquired the village of Teddington and the monks’ influence ceased. Alternative arrangements would have to have been made to replace the medical practitioning provided. Further minor outbreaks of the pestilence occurred until the Great Plague in 1665 which was finished by the Great Fire of London the following year. Sadly. there is very little in the way of written documentation telling us about how the medical profession merged into the villages of Britain. In 1801 the population was about 700 and by 1840 it had crept up to 1,200. The census of 1841 gives us the first detailed survey of the population of every town and village in Britain. Of about 480 adults listed, there are only two surgeons noted and these were very probably ‘barber-surgeons’ whose medical skills probably went little further than tooth pulling or performing an occasional amputation. There is no mention of either doctors or physicians. So the question arises again, if you were ill, where and to whom did you go for help? Twickenham? Kingston? We simply do not know. The Poor Laws had been in force since 1349 during the reign of Edward III but these make little or no reference to medical care. It was not until the creation of the Poor House or Work House that any consideration was given this aspect. The only reference being in respect of the inmates who were the sick, infirm and unemployed. The Poor Laws also controlled the movement of beggars Continues on page 20

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History Focus (Continued) and vagrants to stop outside paupers becoming a drain on the parish. Teddington did have some almshouses in Park Lane for the poor but the vestry declined to build a workhouse and farmed out the rest of its poor to Hampton. The earliest record of a chemist that I have managed to trace is one John While in 1846, who is described as a “Chemist & Druggist.” No address is given but it was probably the High Street although the exact whereabouts is unknown. The next entry is George Southam in 1865, who again is listed as “Chemist & Druggist.” There is no mention of John While, so can we assume his business was purchased by George Southam? Once more we have no address but I believe the High Street to have been the shop location. Kelly’s Directory of 1873 shows John Batt Collins at The Teddington Pharmacy in Broad Street and Charles Swan, Chemist in the High Street. The following year the Collins shop was renamed Chemist & Druggist but the Swan shop was unaltered. In 1882 John Collins is still trading and Peter Stacey seems to have acquired the business of Charles Swan. In 1890, the Collins business seems to have been acquired by Hornby & Gould who reverted to the title of Chemist & Druggist and show an address of 1 Park Terrace, Broad Street. Peter Stacey is now a Pharmaceutical Chemist and James S Loxton appears at 1 Wolsey Road (later The Causeway). The latter shop was of particular interest to me as this was owned by my father as a Newsagent and Confectioner & Tobacconist from 1929 until it was bombed in WWII. 1899 saw William E Gould at 1 Park Terrace, Peter Stacey in the High Street, and two new entries – Alfred John Last at Wolsey Road and Clarke & Company, Dispensing Chemist at 19 High Street. This position largely prevailed during the early 1900s, although Clarke & Co had disappeared by 1910, and F Dalton, Chemist had arrived at 4 Alexander Terrace, Stanley Road with W J Bray & Co, Cash Chemist in 30 Broad Street. The businesses stay very much the same during the First World War although Peter Stacey opened a further shop at 9 The Pavement, Kingston Road. 20 | TW11 – February 2017

This latter shop completed the development of the business of chemist shops in the key areas of Teddington i.e. High Street, Broad Street, Kingston Road and Stanley Road. All businesses were individual traders until Boots came to town in the 1940s. The importance of the community pharmacist cannot be overstated. Whilst most people turn to the family mother figure for ‘everyday’ medical issues, this is followed closely by the local pharmacist who can offer immediate advice and helpful solutions to most problems. Indeed, with their particular expertise they save patients unnecessary trips to their GPs and can offer advice on medication to both doctors and patients. Pharmacies have developed their roles to the point where they are not only hugely beneficial but absolutely essential. To take Kirby’s the Chemist as an example. The premises at 53/55 High Street were built in 1831 but the first chemist, Christopher Roberts, did not arrive until 1927 at No. 53. The business flourished under the names of Gail Potter Pharmacy, Fred Harrison, Walter Fuge and E R Kirby and was eventually acquired by Salim Rajabali in 1975. From being a single fronted shop, the business has expanded into a double fronted one. A physiotherapy service was added in 2012 and an optician joined the team in 2015. Last year saw dentistry added to the business to give an all round medical service. This is by no means a full listing of the chemists in Teddington but is an attempt to show their development in Broad Street (excluding Boots), High Street, Stanley Road and Kingston Road. Ken Howe is a historian and author of several local history books. Tel: 020 8943 1513


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Teddington Update New NPL Building Last month the Planning Committee approved a new Advanced Quantum Laboratory linked to the existing Darwin Building which dates from 1912. There would be 1415 sq m of laboratory space employing 200 additional staff. It is modern in design but has no adverse impact on Grade II* listed Bushy House nearby. There would be extensive landscaping including espalier apple and pear trees. “Newton’s Tree” would be retained, a grafted cutting donated by Kew Gardens in 1953 from the ancient tree from which Isaac Newton saw an apple fall assisted by gravity. NORTH TEDDINGTON CPZ TO GO AHEAD The new 10am – 4.30pm controlled parking zone is now likely to come into operation in March. It will include Teddington Park Road (including Chatsworth Place and Woodville Close), Arlington Road, Claremont Road, Teddington Park and the part of Cambridge Road adjacent to these roads. There were a number of objections from parents of children attending Newland House School who collect them from the back entrance in Teddington Park Road. To address their concerns enforcement during School collection times will be relaxed for the first three months of the scheme to give the school an opportunity to review its School Travel Plan and come up with solutions less dependent on use of cars. For consistency the hours of operation of the existing parking controls at the Library end of Waldegrave Road will be changed to 10.30 am – 4.30 pm also. After 6 months’ operation the zone, including its boundaries, will be reviewed. A petition to add the rest of Cambridge Road has recently been received. VIRGIN MEDIA FINED FOR DANGEROUS WORK At a case brought by the Council against Virgin Media, the latter were fined £37,500 plus costs for ten offences of leaving the pavement in a dangerous condition outside the new Noel Square development in Waldegrave Road. 32 pavement 22 | TW11 – February 2017

slabs were missing and the space filled by uncompressed tarmac. PREZZO PROPOSAL FOR FORMER BED CITY At the time of going to press a decision was imminent on a planning application for the former Bed City premises at the corner of Broad Street and The Causeway to become a restaurant for the Prezzo chain. As this loss of retail use in a key shopping frontage is contrary to the Council’s planning policy it is difficult to see it being approved. The upper

storey in the photograph is unchanged but the present fascia board and shop front are much less attractive than in the days of Deayton’s Stores. 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 Tania Mathias, Conservative, Tel: 020 8622 4426 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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Events in February Landmark Spring Wedding Fair Sunday 5th February, 10.30am – 3.30pm Over 40 hand-picked exhibitors including vintage teas, designer wedding dresses and handmade accessories, brides and grooms-to-be will find inspiration and advice to help them plan their special day. Highlights include two fabulous fashion shows, live entertainment and a ‘Wedspiration Zone’ featuring creative ways to make your day unique to you. Admission: £4 / LAC Members & U16s free Drama for Adults Wednesday 8th February – FREE TASTER SESSION 8pm – 9.30pm Workshop style sessions that offer a fun and supportive environment in which students can learn new acting and performance skills, or build on those they already have without the pressure of being in a production. Release your imagination and creativity through drama games, improvisation, text and devised work as you immerse yourself in the enjoyable world of ‘make-believe’. Come along to the free taster session to see if it is the course for you. Tutor: Caroline Dooley Full course starts: 22nd February for 6 weeks: Cost: £60 Landmark Book Club Friday 17th February, 1pm In association with 24 | TW11 – February 2017

Waterstones, Teddington, this month’s Book Club is Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Book in advance and get the discussion topics plus 10% off the book at Waterstones. Tickets: £5 / £3.50 concs Jazz At The Movies Saturday 25th February, 8pm Five superb jazz musicians dedicated to interpreting movie themes and songs both familiar and obscure. With a reputation for vibrant music, deep repertoire and droll presentation, JATM features vocals by acclaimed singer Joanna Eden with Mark Crooks (saxophone and clarinet), Chris Ingham (piano), Arnie Somogyi (bass) and George Double (drums). Tickets: £14 / £13 concs / £11 LAC Members Pre-show supper available; £8.50 per person.

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