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Issue 89 – February 2018



In this issue All Hail The Colour of 2018 Personal Fitness Crossing the River Thames Children’s Activities Landmark Arts Centre Councillor’s Update

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EBRUARY has arrived, and I hope you are feeling suitably romantic as Valentine’s Day approaches. While love isn’t only in the air on the 14th of February, it’s a nice excuse to be particularly sweet to that special person in your life and say it with flowers, chocolates, jewels! Or even just words...

Fashion Focus

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All Hail The Colour

All Hail The Colour of 2018 Page 8

MYTHICAL, POWERFUL There’s an interestin AND PRESTIGIOUS PURPLE g history to purple. early as the 15th century BC a purple As was produced dye from snail called murex. a rare Mediterranean Sea drop and thousand Each shell produced a tiny produce one kilo. s of shells were needed to In believed that HerculesGreek mythology it was discovered it when his dog picked up a murex on the beach and developed a purple mouth! In the Roman Empires, only the Emperor nobility had the or right to wear the 4th Century BC colour. By the its labour intensive and rarity meant production this dyed cloth became as valuable as silver and gold and this contributed to the colour’s long association with power and prestige.

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As the days get longer and the weather warms, am I wrong to think we are getting the hang of this 2018 business by now? It’s starting to fit a bit better perhaps. So it is timely that local personal stylist Julia van den Berg shares insights into the hot colour for 2018, see page 8. While local Personal Trainer Jessica Rashleigh, helps us stay on track with our fitness goals, in case your resolutions are beginning to wobble, see page 2 for inspiration.

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THE COLOUR OF THE FUTURE LTRA VIOLET - PANTONE 18 – 3838 has been announced as the the Pantone Institute colour of the year by .Their choice is on research into worldwide colour based plus their unfailingly trends accurate prediction Leatrice Eiseman, s. Director, described as ‘communicating the colour thinking that propelsingenuity and visionary us towards the It shone brightly future’. on the latest Spring/Su mmer designer cat walks and it will definitely be finding its way into our wardrobes. It comes in many shades of purples, lobelia, violet, and – so the good news plums is there’s a shade of purple to suit all skin tones.


Roll forward to 1856 the chemist William when accidentally discoverePerkin d the purple shade of mauve in his laboratory when he

was just eighteen years old. At the looking for a cure time he was for compound aniline. malaria using the organic transformed into He discovered that aniline a crude mixture extracted with alcohol produced which when a substance with an intense purple colour. The first synthetic pigment was born and quickly became accessible to all. This discovery made William Perkin a very wealthy man. Purple has a mystical and spiritual quality is said to reflect and creativity, individual non-conformity. ity and Over linked to organisati the past century it’s been ons, brands, pop fashion icons: and – In 1908 the Suffragett es wore purple represent loyalty to and dignity – Cadburys have used purple it to wrap their chocolate since 1914

– In the 60’s and 70’s purple was psychedelia and linked to Jimmy Hendrix’s Purple Haze. – More recently, in 2017 Pantone produced Love symbol #2 to honour his love of purple. the pop Icon Prince and Why wait to wear this exciting colour and Summer? in Spring Embrace it now and forward for the remainder of the be fashion of 2018. colder months


Contents Welcome – Page 1 Personal Fitness – Pages 2 & 4 Events Listing – Page 6 All Hail The Colour of 2018 – Pages 8 & 9

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

Children’s Activities – Pages 10 & 12 Children’s Puzzle – Page 14 Crossing The River Thames –


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Personal Fitness What Wouldn’t We Do For Our Children?


DON’T THINK ANYTHING CHANGES YOUR life quite like the arrival of a child. There doesn’t seem to be a part of my life that hasn’t been affected and for me personally that’s a good thing. Yes, you lose a certain amount of freedom and a huge amount of your finances when your new addition arrives. Yes, your car and home suddenly seem tiny and you find yourself up-sizing everything. But the love you feel for this tiny being is so remarkable you just couldn’t begrudge them for a single second, penny or square foot. You would do anything for them, which is lucky as they need you beyond comprehension. As a personal trainer, I’m a huge advocate for health and happiness. In fact bringing health and happiness to as many people as possible is my professional goal in life. But the importance of health and happiness in my life more than quadrupled the day I met my baby girl. Not only did I now owe it to myself to be healthy and happy, but I owed it to my daughter as well. In fact more than owed it to her, it was essential. This baby girl needed her mum now and always would. My life had more meaning than ever before. Someone else depended on me for everything! So why is it, that at the point where your life and by proxy your health, become so vital do we often ditch any attempt to be fit and healthy? The initial first weeks of parenthood are a blur of sleepless nights, nappy changes and juggling feeds. But once the dust starts to settle, it’s time to make sure everything is in working order. Just like you wouldn’t send a damaged yacht on a round the world trip, you shouldn’t be expecting your damaged body to face life successfully without a little TLC. Call it luck or a blessing, but I had what is medically referred to as a ‘normal’ pregnancy and labour, and my recovery time was fairly standard. At about 6 weeks postpartum, I started back to fast walks/slow jogs and at 3 months 2 | TW11 – February 2018

postpartum, yoga and gym sessions were added in. I was shocked at how weak my body had become and how traumatised it felt. While rest and recovery are very important, you also hit a point where all that sofa time will start to be detrimental. Both our physical and mental wellbeing need exercise to be healthy. I’m not for a second saying that we all need to be size 6, super toned, endurance athletes to be parents. Far from it. I’m talking about mobility to crawl about on the floor and make pillow forts. The endurance to chase the magic unicorn round the garden. The strength to lift you little one up in the air and take them flying. The ability to, and this is the most significant, live a long life with your health intact. In 2013 the Journal of Sport and Health Science published and article on chronic disease and the link to physical activity. It noted that, ‘The most prevalent chronic diseases are cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, various respiratory diseases, and osteoarthritis. These diseases are burdensome, debilitating and potentially lethal to individuals inflicted, and while debilitating, medical treatment and annual health care costs continue to rise into trillions of dollars each year.’ ‘In the past, these diseases were associated with older populations, however because of lifestyle shifts, chronic diseases are now becoming Continues on page 4

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Personal Fitness (Continued) more prominent in younger adults leaving them burdened and encumbered with health care concerns for the rest of their lives. One lifestyle shift that has been identified as being in part responsible for the earlier onset of chronic disease is the prevalence of physical inactivity. Physical activity and exercise are considered a principal intervention for primary and secondary disease prevention.’ This information is nothing new. Initial research into this concept was first conducted by J.N. Morris, M.D. in 1953. The fitness and medical industries are flooded with research proving the importance of exercise. Yet the common theme is to shy away from it, with reason upon reason as to why we just don’t get round to it. The constant battle of a personal trainer, nutritionist, dietitian, health care professional is trying to press upon people the importance of their health. We can too easily fall into the trap of believing we’ll avoid chronic sickness hoping ‘it will never happen to me’ or defining ourselves with a you only live once, live fast die young attitude. This in itself is detrimental to our health. And what better inspiration to look after yourself than a small, very cute, human who needs you more than anything.

I offer fitness classes which accommodate your baby, the starting point is getting you feeling like your body is yours again and building from there. For a simple starting point aim to move no less the 30 minutes a day, split into no less then 15 minutes at a time, where you get slightly out of breath. Got some extra weight to lose? Make three of these days into 45 minutes of sweaty exercise. I know it can seem a tough thing to fit in and even when you have the time, finding the motivation to do it takes commitment. But remember, you are no longer doing it for you and really, what wouldn’t we do for our children? Jessica Rashleigh Me and My Baby Fitness & Teddington PT Instagram @msjessica_alice

In 2015, when I was just 28, I lost my mum to cancer. I was not and will never be ready to be without my mum. It’s because of this that I will fiercely protect mine and my partner’s health. It has shaped my view that protecting your health is an important part of protecting your child. It’s a great inspiration to get moving. There are so many forms of exercise, undoubtedly you’ll be able to find something you can at least stand to do and better still enjoy. It could be as simply as power walks in the park or maybe you want to go hard and join an extreme bootcamp. You could give your mind some quiet time and try yoga or pilates for strengthening core muscles. There’s even many YouTube videos you can do at home. Some of which you can even do with your baby in a sling. 4 | TW11 – February 2018

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Local Events Dates For Your Diary Thursday 15th - Sunday 18th February, 7.45pm,Sunday 3pm

Romeo & Juliet A senior youth theatre production. The tragic story of Shakespeare’s star-cross’d lovers still resonates across the ages and strikes a chord in every heart. Imaginatively staged and underpinned with music and movement. Uniquely interpreted and abridged by the cast. 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

Sunday, 25th February, 7.30pm La Boheme Villa InCanto present Puccini’s masterpiece La Boheme is justifiably one of the world’s most enduringly popular operas with memorable tunes telling stories of love and romance in the Parisian art world. This is the sweet but tragic tale of the pretty flower girl Mimi with her beloved poet Rodolfo and also of the whimsical and charming Mesetta with the painter Marcello. Tickets: £20 / £16 from 0333 1212 300 or online at Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park, TW11

Saturday 24th February, 7.30pm Pink Proms 2018 Hosted by the staff LGBT Equality and Ally groups. Performance by London Gay Symphonic 6 | TW11 – February 2018

Winds. This is a free event but online booking is essential. Contact 0333 1212 300 or RSVP online at Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park, TW11

Sunday 4th March - Saturday 10th March, 7.45pm, Sun 4pm After Electra A black comedy about family and ageing. ‘I blame the books they learned to read with. Daddy at the office. Mummy looking out of the window while she’s washing up. I should have burnt them.’ It’s Virgie’s birthday and she is bucking convention. Always more committed as an artist than a mother, in old age Virgie has not reckoned on her family and friends’ determination to thwart her plans. By April de Angelis. Warning: This play contains strong language. Tickets: £14 / £10 Box Office: Telephone: 0845 838 7529 (10am – 8pm) Online: Hampton Hill Theatre – Coward Studio

Saturday 10th March, 2.30pm & 7.30pm Spring Serenade: All at Sea! Cantanti Camerati will be performing at two concerts on Saturday, 10 March. Songs will be celebrating the richness and diversity of the oceans, with HMS Pinafore extracts and audience participation. Tickets: £15 (adults) and £8 (for under 16s) from 0333 1212 300 or online at Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park, TW11


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Fashion Focus All Hail The Colour of 2018 THE COLOUR OF THE FUTURE LTRA VIOLET - PANTONE 18 – 3838 has been announced as the colour of the year by the Pantone Institute. Their choice is based on research into worldwide colour trends plus their unfailingly accurate predictions. Leatrice Eiseman, Director, described the colour as ‘Communicating ingenuity and visionary thinking that propels us towards the future’. It shone brightly on the latest Spring/Summer designer cat walks and it will definitely be finding its way into our wardrobes. It comes in many shades of purples, lobelia, violet, and plums – so the good news is there’s a shade of purple to suit all skin tones.


MYTHICAL, POWERFUL AND PRESTIGIOUS PURPLE There’s an interesting history to purple. As early as the 15th century BC a purple dye was produced from a rare Mediterranean Sea snail called murex. Each shell produced a tiny drop and thousands of shells were needed to produce one kilo. In Greek mythology it was believed that Hercules discovered it when his dog picked up a murex on the beach and developed a purple mouth! In the Roman Empires, only the Emperor or nobility had the right to wear the colour. By the 4th Century BC its labour intensive production and rarity meant this dyed cloth became as valuable as silver and gold and this contributed to the colour’s long association with power and prestige. Roll forward to 1856 when the chemist William Perkin accidentally discovered the purple shade of mauve in his laboratory when he 8 | TW11 – February 2018

was just eighteen years old. At the time he was looking for a cure for malaria using the organic compound aniline. He discovered that aniline transformed into a crude mixture which when extracted with alcohol produced a substance with an intense purple colour. The first synthetic pigment was born and quickly became accessible to all. This discovery made William Perkin a very wealthy man. Purple has a mystical and spiritual quality and is said to reflect creativity, individuality and non-conformity. Over the past century it’s been linked to organisations, brands, pop and fashion icons: – In 1908 the Suffragettes wore purple to represent loyalty and dignity. – Cadburys have used purple it to wrap their chocolate since 1914. – In the 60’s and 70’s purple was linked to psychedelia and Jimmy Hendrix’s Purple Haze. – More recently, in 2017 Pantone produced Love symbol #2 to honour the pop Icon Prince and his love of purple. Why wait to wear this exciting colour in Spring and Summer? Embrace it now and be fashion forward for the remainder of the colder months of 2018.

THE VERSATILITY OF PURPLE Once you start wearing shades of purple you’ll be amazed at how versatile it is.

If you’re moving between indoors and outdoors a wrap is the perfect layering item for temperature control. If you mix your layers you will not only add depth to your outfit but you will look effortlessly pulled together. See how this purple wrap updates a mediocre outfit into a something stunning and on trend.

Be bold and beautiful. Pair purple shades with a neutral colour such as black or charcoal to lift your outfit. A purple jacket or coat packs a mighty punch. Kettlewell Mango Want a softer look? A purple scarf worn with blue and green hues harmonises perfectly. Turning a simple pair of jeans and a top into something a little more special and interesting – with the added bonus of keeping you cosy and warm! Kettlewell How amazing is this oversized sweatshirt combination? Not for the faint hearted, but it works!

Use purple to add variety to your outfits. Experiment by accessorising with handbags, hats, gloves, jewellery, boots Elliott Rhodes and belts. If you choose a belt that has the ability to interchangeable the buckle it will easily take your outfit from day to evening. Want to update your make up? Finger nails and toes look stunning painted with purple nail varnish. Try creating a bold evening eye with purple eyeshadow brushed over your eyelid. Brown eyes can be beautifully enhanced with a violet eyeliner. Valentines day is approaching – I wish you a very happy one and hope that you will be encouraged to try a dash of purple!


Julia van den Berg is a local Personal Stylist at House of Colour Tel. 0800 0932406

If you are interested in attending any of these activities, please phone first to check the details.

Children’s Activities Baby Sensory

Booking in advance required, teddington@ Classes last 1 hour. £8.50 per session. Monday, 10am - 7-13 mths, 11.30am - birth - 6 mths, 1.30pm - birth-6 mths, 3pm - 7-13 mths Sari - 07932089848. Teddington Baptist Church

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

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


Hampton Hill Theatre Pre-school Drama (2-4 years Thrus 9.4510.30am) United Reformed Chruch Musical Theatre Training (7-16 years Weds 4.45-7.30pm) Contact 020 8408 0245 or email contact@ 10 | TW11 – February 2018

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 & 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.

Kids’ ART Club

Saturday 24th February, 10am – 12 noon 5 -11 yrs, Fun workshops with a different project for each session. January’s workshop is Pop Up Puppets! Limited places, so early booking essential. Tutor: Sarah Richardson. Cost: £13.50 per child, per session, inc. mats. Contact: 020 8977 7558 or info@

Little Wrigglers Dance, Perform & Play Continues on page 12

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In this issue All Hail The Colour of 2018 Personal Fitness Crossing the River Thames Children’s Activities Landmark Arts Centre Councillor’s Update

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Children’s Activities 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

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Fun science for pre-school children. Booking required in advance - £9 per session, Classes last 40 minutes. Thursdays – 10am - 3-4 yrs, 11.30am – 2-3 years, 12.30pm – 3-4 years. richmond@ Nansi - 07951535734. Teddington Baptist Church.

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

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

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If you are interested in attending any of these activities, please phone first to check the details.

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

Singing Hands

Learn how to sign using Makaton to develop your child’s communication skills with puppets, multi-sensory props and instruments. Contact: 020 8288 1706,


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

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 Crossing the River Thames


INCE THE LAST ICE AGE, THE RIVER Thames has flowed on a more or less continuous path through London, creating a geographical barrier between North and South London. This has given rise to numerous debates over the years, several of which have never been entirely resolved. For instance it is widely held that Caesar crossed the Thames in pursuit of his conquest of Britain but where? Brentford and Sunbury both lay claim to that famous crossing but it seems more likely that Kingston was the most fordable location. Nevertheless the exact spot has never been clearly proven and the towns continue to stake their claims. Rudyard Kipling famously wrote The River’s Tale in 1911 saying ‘Twenty bridges from Tower to Kew wanted to know what the River knew.’ That may have been so then but we now have over two hundred different crossings. To go back to Kipling’s original number, it was still a very difficult job to be able to cross the Thames from north to south or vice-versa. The further back in time one goes, the more difficult the problem was. Teddingtonians take for granted the journey into Kingston, crossing the Thames at Kingston Bridge to go to the Surrey bank, but it was not always so easy. Although the concept of the bridge was as old as pre-Conquest, very few were constructed before the 17th Century and a toll was often applied. We must also bear in mind that road building is a fairly modern service and wherever possible, transportation by river was preferable. This produced the two livery companies of Lightermen (carrying cargoes) and Watermen (carrying passengers). Unfortunately road transport is now the predominant mode of transport in this country but there is a limited amount of river freight. The Watermen’s and Lightermen’s companies have now merged their resources. In Roman times there were no bridges across the Thames. Crossing was either made at a ford in 16 | TW11 – February 2018

the river or by ferry. Ferries have sprung up along the Thames at various points, signifying some means of communication between towns on either side of the river banks. This was probably trade orientated but there would also have been some military considerations as these valuable points on the river became more important in the control of lands. Our particular wider area gave rise to several ferries, some of which are still operating today. The Ferry at Kingston claims an Anglo-Saxon origin, Hampton and Hampton Court ferries have early Tudor connections, the Twickenham or Dysart’s ferry ran from 1692 to 1970. Teddington Ferry which operated from the Middlesex bank at Teddington to the Surrey bank at Ham, is of indeterminate age but in probably also Tudor in origin. The Richmond ferry has produced evidence of its operation in 1439 and finally Hammerton’s Ferry at Twickenham which started in 1908 and is still running. Crossing by ferry was Continues on page 18

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History Focus (Continued) virtually the only way of getting from one side of the Thames to the other and this led to the lightermen and watermen running the ferries and creating monopolies in the charging of fees. At Kingston, a bridge had existed since Anglo-Saxon times and this, a flimsy wooden structure, had been rebuilt in 1190 and again in 1318. Extensive repairs were carried out in 1567 and in 1710 it was described as ‘the great wooden bridge hath 20 interstices. Two in the middle wide enough for barges ... it had 22 piers of wood and had in the middle two fair Seates for Passengers to avoid Carts and to sit and enjoy the delightful Prospect.’ A further rebuild took place in 1828 and it was not until 1870 that it was declared free of toll. So from all times earlier, a toll had been levied on all cargoes passing over the bridge. Unfortunately we do not know how these tolls compared with the fees charged by the ferrymen. Hampton Court Palace was responsible for the development of many of the local ferries and their continued occupation clearly evolved as the Palace assumed more importance in the government of England and became one of the houses of power in the country. The ferries at Hampton, Hampton Court and Teddington would have been required to transport palace staff, supplies of food and drink and the continual flow of royal guests, ambassadors and all other government officials. There must have been considerable pressure on the palace to produce a permanent bridge over the Thames but the first one was not

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constructed until 1753, having been built by James Clarke. It was replaced in 1778 by a more sturdy wooden bridge but by 1840 this had become dilapidated and was in urgent need of replacement. This finally took place in 1865 when an iron bridge was introduced. It was unpopular in design but nevertheless very lucrative for its owner, Thomas Allen, bringing him £3,000 annually in tolls. He was bought out for £48,048 in 1876 by the local boards of Hampton and Molesey and the Corporation of London. The modern bridge was completed in 1933 and is still going strong. The building of the various bridges at Hampton Court clearly ended the trade of the Hampton Court ferries. Downriver a couple of miles is Hampton Ferry which has been operating since 1514 and its incorporation makes it one of the 10 oldest established companies in the United Kingdom, placing it amongst the 150 oldest companies in Europe. It has always had a strong leisure connection, taking members of the public across to Moulsey Hurst for boxing bouts and horse racing events. Happily it is still in operation today. Richmond followed Hampton Court in replacing its ferry with a bridge to support Richmond Palace although the first bridge was not constructed until 1777. Tolls were charged until 1859. Various tribulations were encountered in trying to find the right land for the crossing before it was set on the site of the old ferry. Once again the introduction of the bridge had killed off the ferry. Returning to Teddington, the ferrymen were having their own way and continuing to charge what they pleased for their trouble. A lock had been constructed in 1811 and part of the construction involved creating a lock cut on the Surrey side of the bank as a navigational improvement, digging out tons of soil and creating the lock island we have today.

A bridge from the island to the Teddington bank was petitioned for in June 1873 but the Thames Commissioners declined the request. Henry Taunt, the Oxford based photographer and raconteur of the Thames, in supporting the petition noted that “a footbridge is sadly needed as the watermen on the ferry here demand the extortionate sum of three pence as their fee from passengers crossing the ferry and give as a reason the fact that being below Teddington Weir they come under the control of the Watermen’s Company, and their rules allow them.”

bridge from the Teddington bank to the island and a girder footbridge from the island to the Ham bank. Surprisingly the ferry continued from Teddington to the island until the 1950s and the last ferryman was Harry Bishop. There was further speculation in the 1950s about a road bridge being built over the Thames at Teddington but that is another story...

The authorities finally caved in to public pressure and agreed to the building of a footbridge. This was done on a design by George Pooley and was built by Messrs Goddard & Massey of Nottingham. The cost was £2,700 and part of this was borne by the residents of Ham. It consisted of a single span suspension

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Teddington Update CYCLE QUIETWAY LATEST HE MAYOR OF LONDON’S CYCLE QUIETWAY between Wandsworth Common and Bushy Park has been long in preparation with the section from Teddington Suspension Bridge attracting controversy through loss of parking on the High Street and changes to the mini roundabout on the railway bridge. (The local section as first proposed is illustrated). A revised proposal with no loss of parking was ready for consultation when the Mayor’s new Walking and Cycling Commissioner decide to cycle the route himself. Unlike his predecessor he felt that a route along a busy shopping street was at odds with the Quietway concept (a point we Councillors made at the beginning) and the Quietway is now likely to terminate at the Ferry Road/Kingston Road traffic lights. The planned section of the cycle route between Park Road and Bushy Park may later proceed separately.


COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY Since 2014 this development levy (CIL) has been payable to the Council. Up to April last year the Council had received over £6m of which some £0.8m has been distributed through the Village Planning Fund to smaller local projects. In Round One only a small amount arose locally, so only one grant came to Teddington, £12,000 towards landscaping the entrance to the Landmark Centre. However over £200,000 is now available in Round Two for Teddington and the Hamptons, mainly from the Teddington Studios development. The remaining 85% of CIL is so far unallocated to strategic projects. In addition some projects now recognised as needing to pay CIL were not charged. Not all the money overlooked is now recoverable but a further six or seven figure sum may be recovered.

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LOCAL PLAN Following the Inspector’s hearings on the Local Plan, a list of ‘Main Modifications’ has been put out to consultation. Despite the name these are mainly fine tuning of the wording of various policies, often to make them a little more flexible. In response to the views of the Mayor of London protection of MOL on the St Mary’s University site is strengthened. The definition of Local Green Space (of which the only example is Udney Park Playing Fields) is strengthened to explicitly give it the same protection as Green Belt. The Inspector’s overall report is awaited followed by final adoption of the new Local Plan in the Spring. THE GARDEN LAST MONTH The common snowdrop, galanthus nivalis, has been providing a foretaste of Spring. Contrary to popular belief the snowdrop is not a native plant but was introduced from Europe in the 17th century. Snowdrop enthusiasts are called galanthophiles and collect a vast number of often expensive varieties, some with larger or greener or double flowers and some with yellow markings. But do any have quite the simple charm of the common snowdrop? 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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N SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17TH from 10am to 4pm the Landmark Arts Centre is hosting a special one-day free event all about Tango. Organised in partnership with local dance school Freedom Tango there will be a vibrant mix of music, dance and art, for everyone to enjoy, whether they have danced before or not. Tango is a dance that conjures up images of the seedy backstreets and slums of late 19th century Buenos Aires, where it originated. In show tango, dancers are entwined together in a spectacle of love, intrigue and jealousy, which is played out through the dramatic movements of the dance and the intense melancholy of the music. But there is another gentler form of tango which is danced socially and is considered the perfect vehicle for maintaining general wellbeing in terms of physical health, emotional expression and social inclusivity. This is especially relevant for people who may have lost some mobility or feel socially isolated. It has been proved that Tango, as a dance activity, can especially benefit us as we get older, by maintaining mental abilities, lowering cardiovascular risk, increasing mobility, improving balance and promoting regular social contact. It has also been used successfully to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety in a range of age groups. Tango can be danced by everyone. It’s a low impact form of exercise suitable for any age or stage of life. People with sight impairments and mobility problems also dance and enjoy tango. Partners dance in a close embrace and this, with the very expressive music, can feel very life-enhancing. The dance can be a combination of slow or faster steps, but the leader’s role is to protect and guide the follower whilst they move, as one, around the dancefloor.

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Tango is not just a dance but an entire culture including poetry, song, music, art and philosophy and this will be reflected in the event. The costumes, the shoes, the inspirational art, together with the distinctive musical experience of a live Tango orchestra all come together to create an atmosphere that is the unique world of Tango. Highlights of the Embrace Tango day will be: Tango Tasters. You can participate in Tango dancing by trying one of four taster sessions, guided by a competent leader. You need no previous experience. Tango Watch – Take a seat and watch dancers demonstrate Salon Style Tango, or see a selection of couples demonstrate more advanced moves. There will be several performances during the day. Tango Listen – Enjoy the chance to hear a The Teddington Tango Orchestra perform live playing traditional Tango music plus there will be music from three celebrated Argentinean musicians. Tango Art – There will be a selling exhibition of the work of local artists including paintings, sculpture and pottery all inspired by dance and tango culture. Tango Culture – Sample Argentinean wines and Empanadas in the café bar and shop for Tango shoes and dresses. Tango Dance – If you would like to simply dance Tango and you have some experience then you don’t need a partner as there will be plenty of Tangueros available for the two sessions of general dancing. Come along to this unique event and ‘Embrace Tango’! Kindly supported by The Gosling Foundation and Squires Garden Centres. See Page 24 for other LAC events in February

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What’s On in February CLASSICS IN THE AFTERNOON A short series of intimate Sunday afternoon concerts featuring four groups of outstanding chamber musicians. Ticket price includes tea and cake and if you book two or more concerts you’ll receive a series discount.

too and enjoy other fun works for families including The Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Ages 5+. 60 mins. Tickets: £6 children / £8 adults / £24 family ticket / Bears free

Joseph Spooner & Nicola Garty Sunday 11th February, 2.30pm Joseph Spooner (cello) and Nicola Garty (piano) present a programme of beautiful and fascinating works, including the great Sonata no. 1 by Brahms. Tickets: 13.50 adults / £12.50 concs / £11.50 series discount & LAC Members

‘Parrots Don’t Live in the City!’ Children’s Book Reading, Activity Workshop & Feather Hunt for families Tuesday 13th February, 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm An interactive story-telling session with local illustrator, Jenna Herman and author Lucy Reynolds. Enter a hide-and-seek world of discovery in search of one very special creature. Ages 3 – 6 years. Advance booking essential and children must be supervised by an adult. Cost: £6 per child.

Trifarious Sunday 25th February, 2.30pm Trifarious is Tim Redpath (clarinet/bass clarinet), Rachel Calaminus (violin/viola) and Nadine André (piano), who together fuse classical, jazz and world influences into a diverse instrumental combination. Their acclaimed debut CD ‘Russian Roulette’ was released in June 2015, and their second album will be released in 2018. Tickets: £13.50 adults / £12.50 concs / £11.50 series discount & LAC Members

OTHER EVENTS THIS MONTH Chamberhouse Winds present Paddington’s First Concert Saturday 10th February, 3pm Specially arranged for wind quintet and narrator, “Paddington’s First Concert” follows Paddington to his first classical concert - with disastrous results! Bring your bear along 24 | TW11 – February 2018

Embrace Tango Saturday 17th February 10am – 4pm Free Event See Page 22 Other Events for Children Art Workshop with Ace Art Monday 12th February, 10.30am – 12.30pm A fun workshop inspired by Damien Hirst’s Abstract Spinner Canvases, using painting, colour mixing, design and construction. Early booking recommended. 8-14 years Tutors: Ace Art, Cost: £13 per child Music Theory & Aural Training Wednesday 14th February, 10.15am – 12.15pm Our popular revision course for Grade 5 Music Theory for students preparing for their music exams. Individual aural sessions also available. Please contact Josie Muirhead, Education Officer, for further details. Cost: £25, Contact: 020 8977 7558 or


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