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In this issue Teddington Village Fair Local Events Teddington 800 History Focus Anchorwoman Preview Children’s Activities Landmark Arts Centre

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UMMER has not long been with us and we’ve already had a heat wave. We recently experienced the hottest day recorded since 1976. Now, reluctantly, I will admit to having very fond memories of that legendary summer. My hazy recollections of childhood are almost exclusively of long, hot, sunny days, I suppose it’s the fun bits we remember best. You may have noticed this is a combined July / August issue, which means TW11 is having a holiday in August, although it will be back in September. If you have an event or suggestion for editorial or if you’d like take ad space in our September issue don’t forget to get in contact before the deadline of 15th August, we’d love to hear from you.

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T WAS A WONDERF UL Sunday 25th June, DAY OUT AT THE Fair on with sunny skies, it was a resounding success a mischievous balloons galoor, meerkat, and lots of happy along to enjoy locals coming the community day out. As always the event was impeccably presented by the Teddington Society, run, Arts Centre (LAC) and St Mary’s with Landmark Church. Lesley St Albans Bossine that provided plenty from LAC arranged the acts was hotly contested of family fun. The pram race , with over £3000 great causes, Momentu raised for m and contributi community toilets ng towards at St Mary’s with of money was St Albans. Lots raised throughou t the day for a host

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of good causes. Thank you to everyone who came along stall to say hello, to our it was lovely to meet you all.

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Contents Welcome – Page 1 Teddington Village Fair – Pages 2 – 5 Anchorwoman Preview – Page 6 Teddington 800 – Page 8

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 in September.

Events Listing– Pages 10 & 12

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Children’s Activities – Pages 14 & 16 Teddington Update – Page 22

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T WAS A WONDERFUL DAY OUT AT THE Fair on Sunday 25th June. It was a resounding success with sunny skies, a mischievous meerkat, balloons galore, and lots of happy locals coming along to enjoy the community day out. As always the event was impeccably run, presented by the Teddington Society, Landmark Arts Centre (LAC) and St Mary’s with St Albans Church. Lesley Bossine from LAC arranged the acts that provided plenty of family fun. The pram race was hotly contested, with over £3000 raised for great causes, Momentum and contributing towards community toilets at St Mary’s with St

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Albans. Lots of money was raised throughout the day for local charities. Thank you to everyone who came along to our stall to say hello, it was lovely to meet you all.


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Anchorwoman Preview

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T’S EDINBURGH PREVIEW SEASON AGAIN for comedians up and down the land, getting their shows ready for the Fringe in August. A lot of these shows are cobbled together at the last minute. In desperate cases sometimes they are literally written on the train journey up to Edinburgh. Luckily, it is quite a long train journey. I like to be prepared, though, and I decided over a year ago that for 2017 I would write a show called Anchorwoman, about our relationship with the news. The show is basically an extremely thinlyveiled, unsolicited audition for Have I Got News For You? What I did not bargain on was the fact that inbetween then and now there would be quite so much news. Too much news for one woman to cope with. Between Trump, Brexit, Russian hacking, fake news, alternative facts and the weirdest nonelection in four decades, where do you even start? I’ve been trialling this show for a few months, starting with comedy festivals in Leicester and Bath earlier this year. What’s interesting is the response of different audiences to different news stories. In many cases, you don’t need to explain anything and people are clearly up to speed on everything from Steve Bannon’s influence on the US President to the ins and outs of a coalition with the DUP. Another audience may have no idea who Steve Bannon is (lucky people...) and have no interest in the Democratic Unionist Party (probably also wise). The comedian Alistair McGowan has talked in the past about how difficult it has become to do impersonations because audiences don’t have enough shared references anymore. Whereas as we all used to watch the same three or four TV channels and read the same five or six newspapers, now we draw our news and information from thousands of different sources. And comedy relies on common ground. For example, you could spend months working on an impression that nails a member of the Kardashian family. One audience would love it. Another would have no idea who you were impersonating. Likewise, politicians. In the days of

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Spitting Image, there were a handful of ‘characters’ who were known to everyone. If you could impersonate Margaret Thatcher beautifully, that was a lucrative act, if quite a stressful life choice. Nowadays there are also more opportunities to escape and ignore politics. In the run-up to the non-election, one of the top five UK Google searches was: ‘Which party is Theresa May?’ It’s not surprising that there is no comedian doing a great impression of the prime minister. Not enough people are even familiar with who she is for that impression to be wholly successful. Again: lucky people. I clearly have made the wrong life choices and know too much. I have come to the conclusion that a life without news is probably the happiest life of all. I did one show in Kingston where several people genuinely did not know who Melania Trump was. Wake up, Kingston! I can understand not caring who she is. But not knowing? (Seriously. The clue is in the name, guys.) I can’t quite imagine a life without this kind of basic information. But all I will say is that these people seemed very, very happy. Viv Groskop’s Anchorwoman is at The Anglers on Thursday 6th July (with Juliet Meyers) and Friday 7th July (with Mary Bourke) at 8pm. The show is part of the Dead Parrot Society’s Edinburgh preview season, 6th –15th July: seven nights, seven double bills, all tickets £5. For more details and tickets, go to thedeadparrotsociety.co.uk.


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ELL WE DID IT, WE LAUNCHED, and by all accounts it was magnificent! We had a big fun filled celebration back in mid June and Teddington’s 800th birthday is well underway. It was good too - the Mayor came in her robes (and was hot), the Dean of Westminster came in his (and was witty) and our new-old MP Vince came (and was heartily cheered)! And very many of you came too - and it was extremely lovely to see you all. But let’s keep looking forward to more fun - we’ve had the launch, we’ve had the wonderful Fair and fantastic Pram Race (thank you for your sponsorship) and here comes July - and we’re ready for some superduper sport! Thanks to Bushy parkrun (yes it is a lowercase ‘p’, you sticklers) there’s a Teddington themed fancy dress 5K on Saturday 8th at 9am. I’m thinking of fishing out my son’s sailor hat and going as Benny Hill - for it to work all I need is for two bald volunteers to join me and then for the rest of the entrants to agree to run in single file behind. Any offers? The day after that, on Sunday 9th (2-6pm), also in Bushy (Clapperstile gate), we have our massive town silly sports day, where you can join in the usual daft races, the great big tug of war, cheer club teams in the very serious (there’s a proper trophy up for grabs) inter-club egg and spoon, and even try out lots of new

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sports for yourself at the club demo stands. I have to say that I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the demonstration from the Sub Aqua club! And then, well it wouldn’t be an 800 Summer without a bit of Tedd800 cricket would it. Now, thanks to my Gran, (Grannie Tempest), I am conflicted when it comes to cricket. On the one hand, I love sport - watching, doing, cheering - and I can fully appreciate a long, warm afternoon, glass in hand, letting the runs wash over me. Then on the other hand, I still remember a little too clearly my Gran’s great passion for the game, and for also making me sit and listen to her commentate over our local team for hours because she happened to live beside the cricket pavilion and was obsessed by me getting ‘enough fresh air’. Thankfully, as part of the Tedd800 celebrations, we’re planning the first kind of match. On Wednesday July 19th from 6pm, you can come and watch the Bishop of Kensington captain a team of clergy against our own Teddington


Cricket Club. Ah, conflicted again, who to support - loyalty to the Vicar or loyalty to the club my children play for? I’m half wondering whether Bishops pray to win like the rest of us? Well, just in case he has an unfair advantage, I’m going to say C’Mon TCC! As always and as with everything Tedd800, everyone is welcome to come - so do join us, glass in hand, and let the runs wash over you and I promise not to commentate!

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Sunday 9th July, 12pm – 3pm Indian Honey Fete

Two fabulously frenzied French farces Jailbird – an already complicated love triangle between a doctor, his wife and her lover, becomes even more confusing upon the arrival of another suitor. Disturbingly, he matches the exact description of a wanted murderer. The Coal Seller Affair – two old school chums are painfully hungover and missing a few personal items. But when their belongings are discovered at the scene of a heinous crime, their day gets a whole lot worse. Main Auditorium, Hampton Hill Theatre Box office: ttc-boxoffice.org.uk, 0845 838 7529 (10am – 8pm), teddingtontheatreclub.org.uk Coward Studio, Hampton Hill Theatre

Promising a celebration of India, of bees, and the precious honey they make for us. The family-friendly event will highlight how impoverished women in rural India are being empowered through bee keeping. With insights into the craft of bee keeping, Indian sweets, honey-infused drinks and products. Crafts for kids, including making a ‘bee hotel’ nesting site, raffle, face painting and bee-attracting garden plants for sale. The event is being staged by Jeevika Trust. Jeevika.org.uk. The Glass House, Barge Walk, Hampton Wick

Saturday 8th July, 7.30pm – 9.30pm John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe Legendary guitarist John etheridge has had substantial relationships during his 45 year career with some of the most famous names of 20th century music including Stephane Grappelli, Nigel Kennedy, John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin and Soft Machine. Tonight he joins forces with vocal star Vimala Rowe, who has been gaining plaudits wherever she goes. She featured recently in Paco Pena’s Flamencura at Sadlers Well; an indication of the breadth of her talent. Together, John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe weave a magical spell, effortlessly travelling musically from India to Africa, Middle East and the USA. Tickets: £15 / £13 (concessions) from 0333 1212 300 or online below. Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park, Teddington, TW11 9PS langdondowncentre.org.uk/event/john-etheridge10 | TW11 – July / Aug 2017

Friday 14th July, 4pm-7pm Summer Fair Loads of fun after school on a Friday! Giant inflatable, BBQ, tombola, cakes, Pimms Bar and more! £1 entry for adults. The Saint John the Baptist School, Lower Teddington Road, TW11

Sunday 23rd July, 10am – 3.30pm Yogathon For You Gethin Jones, broadcaster and TV presenter will open this fund raising event for Bloodwise UK. A fun and varied collection of classes intended to refresh, release and reconnect your mind and body. This will be a great occasion to be outside in fresh air, practicing side by side with other like-minded yogi souls. Suitable for all abilities particularly those interested in yoga but who haven’t tried it before. If you are a keen yogi you can enter Continues on page 12


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Mon 17th July – Sat 22nd July, 7.45pm, plus 3pm on Saturday The Tempest This is a tale of intrigue and romance, magic and mayhem. A man has been cast away on a remote island with his daughter - but this is no ordinary island and Prospero is no ordinary man. He is a magus able to control the very

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elements. He creates a vast storm shipwrecking his enemies on his fantastical island where nothing is what it seems, but is this for revenge or reconciliation? Shakespeare’s mystical final play will be brought to colourful life with fabulous costumes and original music in the RSS‘s latest outdoor production on the ‘enchanted isle’ of the York House Fountain Garden, Twickenham riverside. Call the box office, between 10am and 7 pm only please, on 020 8744 0547. Mary Wallace is a Club Theatre and that only members of the RSS may buy tickets. However, becoming a member is easy and costs only £10; members may buy tickets for friends and family. The Summer Show is open to non-members. York House Fountain Gardens, Sion Rd, TW1 3DD 020 8744 0547, richmondshakespeare.org.uk/ The Men Who Care project - specifically focuses on the male caring experience and preventing family breakdown and crisis. – Improving quality of family life – by way of providing respite breaks, – Sign posting (information and advice) – Practical/ emotional group support.

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

Children’s Activities Busy Bees

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

Catch-a-balls

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

Chatterbooks

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

Church Mice Service

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

Classical Babies

Friday 7th July 11–11.45am Families and babies up to 3 yrs. Relax and enjoy 45 minutes of classical music by professional musicians in a baby friendly environment. Soft blankets available to roll around on and babies can make as much noise as they like! £10 adult (cash on door), babies free. Nadine Andre on 07732 058705 orinfo@ classicalbabies.com, classicalbabies.com Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, Tw11 9NN

Dragon Drama

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

Dramacube

Hampton Hill Theatre Drama, Music and Movement (4-6 years, Weds 4-5pm. Pre-school Drama (2-4 years 14 | TW11 – July / Aug 2017

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

Footie Tots

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

Frankie & Flo’s Play Cafe

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

The Hot House Funky Dance Class

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

Jo Jingles

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

Kids’ ART Club

Saturday 8th July, 10am - 12–5pm -11 yrs A different project for each session including drawing, painting, relief making, printing & collage. Fun workshops are fully designed & supervised by our professional art educator. Continues on page 16


Based in Munster Road, The School Room Teddington is offering sessions in August: 1. Secondary Ready Maths for current Yr 6 2. Creative Writing Workshop (ages 7-11) on 22nd August 3. 1:1 booster sessions in English & Maths 4. 10+/11+ preparation To find out more and book your place, please contact Janette Simpson on: info@theschoolroomteddington.co.uk 07776108539

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

Little Wrigglers Dance, Perform & Play

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

Monkey Music

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

Rainbow Music

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

Story Time @ Teddington Library

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

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, singinghands.co.uk

Stagecoach

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

teddington@stagecoach.co.uk 0208 9770843/ 07824 999414 St Marys & St Peters School (SMSP) Somerset Road, Teddington, TW11 8RX

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 orlondon@supersoccerstars.com, supersoccerstars.com. 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, teddingtondance@btinternet.com

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@ tinytuneslive.com Twickenham Library, Garfield Rd, TW1 3JT

Art School: Mixed Media Cityscapes

Tuesday 1st –Thursday 3rd August 10.30am–12.30pm & 1.30–3.30pm Ages: 8–14 years Workshop where participants explore architecture and buildings using the art techniques of sketching, drawing, perspective, collage and print making to form their own unique Cityscape canvas. Led by: Ace Art. Cost: £39 (3 mornings or afternoons). Landmark Arts Centre


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HIS MONTH, WE ARE GOING A LITTLE further afield than usual – in fact over the water to France and to a small village called Ablain St Nazaire. The reason for this was a brief radio broadcast I heard a few weeks ago saying that Canada was commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which many people regard as the modern ‘coming of age of Canada.’ Ablain St Nazaire is a small village about 120 kms from Calais, south-west of Lens and northwest of Arras, nestling at the foot of the NotreDame-de-Lorette spur, population – about 1,800. It possessed a 12th Century castle and a church dating from 1524. The railway station of AllainSouchez is half a mile to the west. The nearby town of Lens fell to the Germans in October 1914 and from then until the end of the war, this area was the scene of much activity. Vermelles was taken by the allies in December 1914. The following spring the allies went on the offensive to retake the whole of Notre-Dame-de Lorette. After heavy artillery fire, General Joffre’s armies advanced on Carency, the village next to Ablain. The Evening Despatch reported on 14 May 1915 that when they reached Hill 125, the French found the bodies of three German companies. Carency has often been referred to in the reports of the last few months as a village. It is really nothing but a heap of ruins, but ruins very strongly fortified by the enemy. In the meantime the Western Mail reported that the French had occupied the greater part of Ablain St Nazaire on 12 May. This followed eight hours of street fighting, going from house to house. On the night of 28 May the French launched a bayonet charge on the German positions in the town cemetery with devastating results – about 100 Germans were killed and 400 more rushed into French hands under cover of white flags whilst being shelled by their own

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side. Fighting continued into the next day and by evening the remaining Germans retreated, setting fire to half the village. On 4 June the Manchester Evening News reported that overall there were 600 Germans dead with total losses exceeding 2,000. Every house in the village had been either completely destroyed or seriously damaged and 83 inhabitants had been killed. The Birmingham Daily Gazette reported the Allied High Command as saying ‘The capture of the village of Carency, together with nearly 2,000 prisoners and much food and equipment, the progress of our troops to the north and their occupation of the village of Ablain St Nazaire must be reckoned amongst the finest successes achieved by our troops in Artois.’ The Germans had a different slant on the French Continues on page 20


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town that had supported the League and she had unearthed an interesting story. She wrote ‘A few statistics give a hint of what the French had to cope with. At the end of the war the population of the main battle zone had been reduced by 57%. Barbed wire covered nearly 400 million square metres to a depth of over one metre. Over 330 cubic metres of trenches needed to be filled in. Almost 2,000 settlements had been obliterated or badly damaged. The war zone was a virtually treeless landscape of trenches, barbedwire, shell holes, concrete bunkers, unexploded ordnance and the smell of the dead whose bodies had been buried and disinterred in the continuation of war. Some villages were never rebuilt and were designated as having “died for France.’’’ With this backdrop, a group of British people led by Lilias, Countess Bathurst, who believed Britain owed France an enormous debt of gratitude, went out to France and viewed the landscape for themselves. On their return, they formed the League of Help and publicised their aims in every town in Britain. They were formally inaugurated at the Mansion House in London on June 30 1920 with Lloyd George and Winston Churchill as patrons. Response to their appeals was extremely varied with some towns flatly refusing to become involved and others offering money, labour and equipment. The next reference I have traced was a report in the Surrey Comet of September 17 1921 to say that Teddington’s newly elected Chairman of the District Council, Mr C W W Burge JP was one of a party of sixty mayors and chairmen who left Victoria Station for a tour of the devastated areas of Northern France. Earlier in the year Mr Burge had been awarded the ‘King Albert Medal’ for his work with Belgian refugees. The edition of the following week carried an account of his comments to the paper: ‘The destruction is terrible. I have heard of cases where labourers ploughing the land had touched buried shells and been blown


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consultation.richmond.gov.uk/environment/ a1954975/ and the closing date for responses to the consultation is 28th July 2017 The diagram shows the consultation area outlined in blue, existing zones outlined in grey, and outlined in green a proposed addition to zone T1 following a petition. LAST MONTH IN THE GARDEN We only have two native irises, the familiar yellow iris which grows in ponds and riversides and the less familiar stinking iris, iris foetidissima. This makes an interesting garden plant, tolerating dry shade. Its inconspicuous flower at this time of year is succeeded later by large fruit capsules containing bright orange-red seeds.

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