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Issue 81 – May 2017



In this issue Teddington Fair Local Events Teddington 800 Miss Clara Millard Fabulous Healthy Feet Children’s Activities Landmark Arts Centre

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AY gets started in a very civilised way – with a day off work. Apparently May Day is traditionally celebrated with dancing, singing and cake. Does that describe your day, I wonder. Is there a gap in the market for Teddington’s own Morris Dancing Troupe?

Teddington Fair

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EDDINGTON VILLAGE FAIR IS ON SUNDAY 25th at Udney June Hall Gardens in asked to at the end of the Langham Road High Street. This present the that the Teddingto is the 5th year n prizes. As Centre and St Mary’sSociety, the Landmark Arts this year their many talents Parish Church have pooled to bring you a we are of FREE FAMILY special day FUN. For many supporting years the Fair was organised by the local Lions the Parish group of business a philanthropic people raising Church in its many worthy causes money for celebrations of which we still a parish for 800 having been do to this day happily several years and of the Lions are we will be donating (Teddington800 1217–2017 still helping make the day ) a proportion of go well. If you’d to building an like to suggest a local charity essential extension funds raised that church. Indeed to the historic Teddington Society could benefit please let the the Church Hall in Langham Road know. will be open all afternoon for teas bound to do somethin and they are Our free entertainm for you all to come g special. All we need is Bossine, Manager ent acts are picked by Lesley along and enjoy of the LAC who See yourselve you there? chosen a super s. this year has family show from Theatre ‘Long, Sharklegs Broad have Juggling Jake’s & Sharpsight’. Then we Circus Workshop popular demand back by and Massive who can’t NEW this year Meercat wait to meet you!

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Lesley is arranging a programme of dance and entertainm live music, this made possible ent from noon to 5pm. All from the Lensbury by generous financial support Fair together with who will have a stand at the the futuristic Hydrogen NPL who are bringing their will have a stand Car. Of course TW11 Magazine and Dexters will their Pimms Bar be alongside the Pram running tent. Then there’s Race Beer Vincenzo’s Ice Creams and Mr Pig Stuff’s luscious burgers along variety of local with a great stallholders with novel games and goodies for you Park Lane Stables’ to enjoy. Not forgetting the ponies and a new of inflatables, selection and lots more to interest old young alike. and The Pram Race is now an integral starting from the part of the Fair Mason’s Arms, and organised Alan and Rae, we hope many by well will be pushed from pub to pub dressed prams until they reach the Fair when they To enter a Pram on their costumes will be timed in and judged in and how much Race go to: for charities. The they’ve raised Mayor of Richmond Information from k has been info@teddingtonsoc

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There will of course by much dancing, singing and cake at Teddington Fair in June, you can read about it on page 4. It’s a wonderful event that is a very popular day out. One not to miss if you are a meerkat spotter. Teddington 800 launches in June, see page 6 to find about how the extensive programme of events is taking shape. There is something for everyone, how will you take part in Teddington’s 800th birthday celebration?


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Contents Welcome – Page 1 Events Calendar – Page 2 Teddington Fair – Page 4 Teddington 800 – Page 6

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.

Events Listing– Pages 8 & 10


Children’s Puzzle – Page 14

Room For Work – Page 12 Children’s Activities – Pages 16 & 18

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Fabulous Healthy Feet – Page 20

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Events Calendar May 2017 Monday











Sunday 7th


Mini-Sale Every Friday see p8 DecorCafe see p8

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Dead Parrot Society see p8





Teddington WI see p8

The Remains of Tom Lehrer see p28

Spring Sonata see p8

Plant Sale see p8


12th Book Club see p28

Book Launch see p8


Men’s Singing Workshop see p28

Chestnut Sunday see p10

Jerusalem see p8

Open Studio – see p13



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A Search for Perfection see p10

Art Fair – see p28 Performing Arts Workship see p10

Jerusalem – see p8



Tudor Lecture see p10






Try Bowls see p10


28th Try Bowls see p10

31st Metamorphosis see p10 3rd – 10 June

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Teddington Fair 2017 Come To The Fair


EDDINGTON VILLAGE FAIR IS ON SUNDAY June 25th at Udney Hall Gardens in Langham Road at the end of the High Street. This is the 5th year that the Teddington Society, the Landmark Arts Centre and St Mary’s Parish Church have pooled their many talents to bring you a special day of FREE FAMILY FUN. For many years the Fair was organised by the local Lions a philanthropic group of business people raising money for worthy causes which we still do to this day and happily several of the Lions are still helping make the day go well. If you’d like to suggest a local charity that could benefit please let the Teddington Society know. Our free entertainment acts are picked by Lesley Bossine, Manager of the LAC who this year has chosen a super family show from Sharklegs Theatre ‘Long, Broad & Sharpsight’. Then we have Juggling Jake’s Circus Workshop back by popular demand and NEW this year Meercat Massive who can’t wait to meet you!

asked to present the prizes. As this year we are supporting the Parish Church in its many celebrations of having been a parish for 800 years (Teddington800 1217–2017). We will be donating a proportion of funds raised to building an essential extension to the historic church. Indeed the Church Hall in Langham Road will be open all afternoon for teas and they are bound to do something special. All we need is for you all to come along and enjoy yourselves. See you there?

Lesley is arranging a programme of live music, dance and entertainment from noon to 5pm. All this made possible by generous financial support from the Lensbury who will have a stand at the Fair together with the NPL who are bringing their futuristic Hydrogen Car. Of course TW11 Magazine will have a stand and Dexters will be running their Pimms Bar alongside the Pram Race Beer tent. Then there’s Vincenzo’s Ice Creams and Mr Pig Stuff’s luscious burgers along with a great variety of local stallholders with novel games and goodies for you to enjoy. Not forgetting the Park Lane Stables’ ponies and a new selection of inflatables, and lots more to interest old and young alike. The Pram Race is now an integral part of the Fair starting from the Mason’s Arms, and organised by Alan and Rae, we hope many well dressed prams will be pushed from pub to pub until they reach the Fair when they will be timed in and judged on their costumes and how much they’ve raised for charities. The Mayor of Richmond has been 4 | TW11 – May 2017

To enter a Pram in the Race go to: Information from Contributed by Sheena Harold, Chairman, Teddington Society

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Teddington 800


IGHT THEN, IT’S 6 WEEKS TO GO until the start of the Teddington 800 and I have at least two massive pieces of news about it this month, (plus something that will definitely make you laugh). The first big thing is, that to kick everything off, at 6.30pm on Sunday the 11th June, the current Dean of Westminister Abbey is going to visit us to launch our six-month long 800th anniversary festival. Now, just in case it’s not obvious, in 1217 it was his predecessor, the Abbot of Westminster, who first presented a priest to look after the small village of Teddington, thereby creating a new parish a community with a church at the heart of it, our wonderful community - the one we’re celebrating. So whether you might normally come to St Mary with St Alban (and for those of you that don’t, it’s the sweet looking church by the traffic lights on the way to The Anglers), or whether you perhaps feel more a sense of tradition or civic pride, do come and meet him (oh and the Mayor) and enjoy what he has to tell us about how our little (now not so little) place was formed way back when. The second thing I can tell you (with some relief), is that our festival and September history exhibit in particular, has been recognised by the Heritage Lottery Fund as deserving of a small ‘Sharing Heritage’ grant. This together with two more helpful new sponsors this month - The Coop and Quantum Group, means that we can just about cover the costs (though actually not quite yet, so if your business feels like being generous, do, do please let me know)! You’re probably wondering now what the funny thing is, well, have you seen The Teddington Charity Pram Race before? It takes place on the day of the Teddington Fair (1pm Sun 25th June) and teams dress up in silly costumes and race even sillier modes of transport from The Masons Arms to the Village 6 | TW11 – May 2017

Fair, raising money for charity and having fun all the way. I can already announce to you the 2017 winners, as the Tedd 800 committee will be entering a team, we’re in serious training and we’re going to be like lighting! I’ve been through the fancy dress box and dusted off an 800 year old medieval dress, the Vicar has started brewing some ‘Teddington 800’ home brew (which may taste like it’s 800 years old, but I am reliably informed will do you no definite harm) and we’ll be pushing our old St Mary’s funeral cart - called a ‘bier’ all around town and handing out samples. So our team will be called ‘Beer on a Bier’ and when I say we’ll be pushing it, I clearly mean I’ll be sitting on it - medieval dresses are not built for speed... To donate to The Pram Race and local charities including ours please go to: teddingtonpramrace2017StMarysTeddington800-Beeronabier The other thing that’s been happening is that The Town Sports Day on Sunday the 9th July has been really shaping up. It’ll be held on the pitches in Bushy, thanks to TCC, TTCC and Antlers (not forgetting TAFC and Royal Parks) and as well as the usual egg and spoon races and tug of war for everyone, local sports clubs are invited to field teams in an inter-club competition cup and also hold ‘have a go’ demonstrations, so you can either come and find a new passion, dust off an old one or help your children to discover theirs. Now you just have to wander along to that don’t you! I think that might be enough big news for now, so I’ll just remind you once more that Teddington 800 is just about to start and it’s going to be great! Thanks to a lot of local generosity and commitment, we’re going to have around 25 events touching upon all the heritage, interests and heart of this town, which just shows how much we can achieve together and just how much fun we can create when we collaborate.

To give you a taster, here is what’s coming up in June and July and a little look at events happening further ahead.


10/11th - Teddington in Flower Open gardens, churchyard teas (lots of cake) and flower festival themed as ‘Visions of Teddington’ 1-17th - From Every Seed Art exhibit at the Landmark Arts Centre 22nd Historical ‘Murder Mystery’ at the library. 25th Teddington Fair Come and join us in medieval costume for ‘A Women’s Day in 1217’ or view the NPL timeline of Science. Also 25th - Pram Race Cheer on all the brave and hardy teams running to raise money for local causes.

July 9th - Town Sports Day & Inter Club Challenge Join us at the TCC, TTCC and TRFC grounds in Bushy Park. 19th - Cricket Match A Teddington XI take on a Bishops XI. Following that, in August we’ll have children’s activities, in September a history and art exhibit, a quiz and even a ball, in October we have a science and religion lecture plus a poetry day and in November a play, plus much more, like a river blessing, a totally locally event, I could go on... Anne McTeer For more details go to or @Teddington800 on Facbook or look out for flyers and brochures TeddParish800

Local Events Dates For Your Diary

Teddington School on Broom Road

Wednesday 10th May, 8pm Teddington WI

Sunday 7th May, 3pm Beethoven’s Spring Sonata

Bite Size Tips for Canapés. Constitutional Club, 5 Stanley Rd, TW11

Plus works by Mozart, Brahms, Faure and Rachmaninov. Violin and piano recital with Julia Drager (Violin) & Jon Booth (Piano). Tickets: £7.50, concs £5.00, under 16’s: Free are invited to the Tel: 020 8977 2952 or emailYou teddingtonviolin@ book launch of Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down THE Centre, 2a Langdon Park, TW11

Friday 5th May & 9th June 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

Friday 5th May, 10am – 4pm DecorCafe Home & Garden Festival Highlights include: Nicky Haslam talking about his own original home, original home and garden products, talks on colour, garden ideas, nutrition, summer food & drink pairing. Carolyn Dunster signing her new book Urban Flowers, demos and tastings, mindfulness sessions and expert help starting-up or running your own business from branding to social media. Tickets are £15 - inclusive of all talks, demos and tastings. Strawberry Hill House

Saturday 6th May, 10am - 12pm Annual Plant Sale With a superb selection of quality plants at affordable prices, fresh from the wholesaler, including: bedding and patio plants, perennials, vegetables and herbs, shrubs and much more. 8 | TW11 – May 2017

UNITY Friday 12th May, 6 - 8 GAME PM

Friday 12 May 6 - 8 PM

The Unity Game Book Launch

The Anglers Pub Teddington riverside 3 Broom Rd, TW11 9NR

Local author Leonora MerielReception invites Drinks from 6 PM LAUNCH PARTY 7 - 8 PM you to join her to launch her latest All welcome book. With drinks, snacks, Please signed join me for drinks, snacks, signed copies and copies and a reading. All welcome. a reading RSVP to RSVP to The Anglers Pub, 3 Broom Rd, TW11 9NR

Sunday 14th – Saturday 20th May, Sunday 6pm, weekdays 7.45pm

Jerusalem Inarguably one of the best dramas of the 21st century according to the Guardian. It’s St George’s Day and charismatic local waster, Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron, is a wanted man. The council wants to evict him, his son wants him to take him to the fair, his mates want his drugs and alcohol and someone wants to give him a serious kicking. Critically lauded as an ‘instant classic’. Ticket prices: £12 & £14. Box office:, 0845 838 7529 (10am – 8pm), Main Auditorium, Hampton Hill Theatre Continues on page 10

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Local Events Sunday 14th May, 12.30 – 4.30pm Chestnut Sunday

Monday 22nd May, 7.30pm for 8pm 2017 Jack Ellis Memorial Lecture

The Bushy Park Chestnut Sunday parade starts at 12.30pm on Chestnut Avenue at Teddington Gate. Traditional Fairground Carousel plus other rides and stalls. Arena displays, showing historical military re-enactments and riding displays. Concert band. Historical re-enactment groups. Classic cars, motorcycles and cycles. Displays about Bushy Park’s wildlife and history, pony rides, tree works, The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks, The Horse Rangers Association, National Physical Laboratory, etc. Chestnut Avenue will be closed to through traffic from 12.15pm to 1.30pm on the day in order to allow the parade.

This long-awaited history of Tudor royal residences across 30 years of archaeological excavation and documentary research, reveals how architecture tells us more about the Tudor dynasty in public and private life than previously thought. Presented by the Trustees of The Twickenham Museum. Tickets £6 from the Twickenham Museum (Tues & Sat 11am – 3pm & Sun 2 – 4pm) or Ken Howe 020 8943 1513, St Mary’s Hall, Church St, Twickenham, TW1 3DU

Wednesday 17th May, 7pm Alexander Pope: A Search for Perfection

Teddington Bowling Club invite you to their green on the Grove, Grove Gardens to try your hand at lawn bowls, with the assistance of qualified instructors. Further tuition will be offered between 6pm and 8pm on 8th & 15th June to anyone who decides they might like to take up the sport.

Written and performed by Giles Abbott. Alexander Pope: Celebrated poet, savage satirist, Twickenham resident. Award winning blind storyteller, Giles Abbott weaves the complexities of Pope’s life into a piece commissioned by Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust. Tickets £8, from Strawberry Hill House

Sunday 21st May, 2.30 pm Richmond upon Thames Performing Arts Festival Showcase Talented young performers from the 2017 Festival will showcase their award winning performances in music, dance and drama. Admission £8 at the door. Visit richmondfestival. Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park, TW11 10 | TW11 – May 2017

Sunday, 28th May, 10am – noon & Wednesday 31st May, 6-8pm Come and Try Bowls

Saturday 3rd to Saturday 10th June Performances at 7.45pm except for Sunday at 3pm – No performance on Wednesday 7th June

Metamorphosis Phone bookings open on 22nd May, call between 10am and 7pm only please, on 020 8744 0547 Richmond Shakespeare Society at The Mary Wallace Theatre, The Embankment, Twickenham, TW1 3DU

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FEW MONTHS AGO I ATTENDED a series of workshops to help mature people back into the world of work. To say the course was merely designed to help the short and long term unemployed seek employment opportunities would have been missing the point by a country mile as I was soon to discover. The room was full of highly intelligent, qualified and articulate people all refocusing and honing their considerable skill-sets into a more marketable desirable commodity fit for what I feel is increasingly becoming an ageist and tick box society which, I for one seem to encounter on an almost daily basis. I do feel that as we get older our options decrease but from this being a perceived negative we can also see this as an amazing opportunity to grow and this is what Robin Bell’s course Room for Work, teaches us. Robin’s personal business loss guided him towards the creation of a charity that delivers employability skills courses to mature workers. Classes and workshops are conducted in a sympathetic and friendly environment to enable people to regain employment and/or create their own initiatives. Each session is delivered with warmth and empathy and a great deal of practical know how along with sound advice and a good injection of motivation aided by Robin’s lead volunteer the wonderful Shelagh Laing DO YOUR OWN THING So having spoken to many of the people after the twelve week programme which is divided into manageable weekly two and a half hourly workshops the consensus is a resounding ‘Yes we are capable of doing anything’, perhaps then all it takes sometimes is affirmation of how much we all have to offer and that boost in confidence which all too often takes a knock when we feel undervalued or forgotten. Robin’s guiding hand along with Shelagh’s

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uncanny insight provided encouragement enough to help us each discover for ourselves our own gifts and talents to enable some of us to finally do our own thing in starting a business or launch that project long dreamt about but were just waiting for the right time. I loved this course, and as a serial social entrepreneur I thought I knew enough to start various initiatives, I’d even mentored disadvantaged people myself so felt quite able but Room for Work not only taught techniques and methods I didn’t know but it also gave much more, empathy, care, love even. In fact I shall always remember Robin telling us as the start ‘Everybody is someone’s solution to a problem’ which epitomises Robin’s philosophy perfectly. ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’ – Confucius Room for Work is a charity supported by volunteers. (They ask for a small voluntary contribution to support the charity. There is an optional £10 charge for the textbook. In either case you are not obliged to pay anything.) If you have a story to share or know of someone deserving of a wider exposure through The Altruistic Foundation platform and its growing list of global subscribers then we’d be delighted to hear from you. It’s free although donations are always appreciated to remain sustainable and we are registered as a not for profit organisation.

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Children’s Puzzle Match the pairs – Find the exact mirror copy for every row.

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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 12th May 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@


Hampton Hill Theatre Drama, Music and Movement (4-6 years, Weds 4-5pm. Pre-school Drama (2-4 years 16 | TW11 – May 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@

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.

Kids’ ART Club

Saturday 13th May, 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 18


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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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 Answers from page 14 – 1 & 4, 2 & 3, 5 & 8, 6 & 7

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OU MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT the key to staying healthy and active may actually lie in your feet. Neglecting them can lead to pain and debilitating foot problems, and changes in our feet can indicate wider health issues. Smooth, clean feet with wellcut nails are nice to look at – but also very important for your health.

has a fungal infection as this can make it worse.

FOOT ANATOMY When we walk or run, energy from the ground is transferred through the feet up into ankles, knees, hips and into the spine, all the way up to the head – it is an amazing symphony of movement. There are actually three arches in the foot, not one; on the outside, inside and across the ball, all-important for movement and weight-bearing.

3. You have 250,000 sweat glands in your feet! There is amazing technology now in socks to keep feet dry and smelling sweet, and to stop bacteria forming; materials that literally pull sweat from the skin into the fabric’s surface where it dries and evaporates, and contain anti-odour properties (eg. Merino wool, Nylon, polyester, bamboo). Cotton will absorb moisture which then sits in the fabric.

The muscles of the lower leg are attached to bones in your feet by tendons, and these control movement allowing us to stand, walk, go on tiptoes and jump. The main nerve of your foot controls the muscles in your sole and gives feeling here and to your toes.

4. Buy shoes made of leather or breathable materials. In an ideal world you would choose a broad, rounded shoe with a stable heel, but this is not always the most fashionable option. There are now, however, more high-heeled shoes and boots on the market giving extra padding and support. The pressure from shoes that are too tight can cause corns (small conelike areas of thickened skin).

So how do we get healthy feet? Fortunately, this bit is easy! 1. Healthy feet start with good hygiene. Clean and scrub your feet with soap and water when you bathe. Afterwards, always dry them well. Any excess moisture between the toes can create a great environment for a fungal infection. Check your feet regularly – peeling between the toes is a sign of athlete’s foot, and nail fungus makes the nail look discoloured, thick and crumbling. If you have diabetes it is crucial to check the feet every day, as there is a much higher risk of foot sores, infections and ulcers. Even the smallest cut must be monitored by a doctor. 2. Cutting the nails straight across and not rounding them can help prevent painful ingrown toenails. Don’t apply polish if the nail 20 | TW11 – May 2017

5. See a chiropodist early on for most foot complaints, as usually a very simple procedure can prevent further painful problems. A common solution is to have a mould of your foot taken, and an insole made to support your feet and help with overall body alignment, which can be inserted into any type of shoe. 6. Find it hard to reach your feet, or just need a time to relax? Have regular pedicures. A well-established spa means your qualified therapist will get to know your feet and notice any changes – problems are far easier to treat when identified in early stages. Clipping nails prevents infection, and massage helps relieve tension in feet and calves and stimulates blood circulation. Moisturised feet are less likely to

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get blisters and cracks. Not just for women – it’s just as important for men. Remember, polish is only an option. REFLEXOLOGY Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points on the feet. Practitioners believe that pressure on these reflex areas can promote a person’s general health in the corresponding organs through energetic pathways. Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure health disorders, millions of people around the world use it to complement other treatments when addressing conditions like anxiety, asthma, cancer, diabetes, headaches, PMS, sinusitis. Feet are normally the last part of the body to receive care, but are vital to our health. Taking time for your feet also means you have taken time for yourself – which is incredibly important. Louise Green at Vidatherapy Spa, 6 Church Road, TW11 8PB

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History Focus Miss Clara Millard


HENEVER I WALK TO THE SWIMMING Pool in Vicarage Road, I am always struck by the small house on the right hand side, immediately before the Pool complex. This is named ‘The Old Coach-House’ and has been there almost since Vicarage Road was cut through in 1881. In a poor state of repair during the 1970s, it was used as a store for building materials but has since been restored as a private dwelling. Who could have been wealthy enough to have owned a coach and a building in which to house it? After making some enquiries, I discovered that it belonged to a person in the High Street, namely Miss Clara Millard. Miss Millard was one of the earliest antique curios collector and dealer in Victorian England and later came to be recognised as such. When being interviewed by society columnist Norman Hurst in 1896, Miss Millard was asked what had induced her to start as a dealer in curios. ‘At the age of sixteen it became necessary that I should look about for some means whereby I could earn a livelihood. My mother was always a collector of china and curiosities, and from her I learnt as well as inherited a great knowledge of these articles; it therefore struck me that I could not do better than start in that way of business. With this object in view, I prepared a catalogue of that portion of her collection which she wished to sell, and sent it round to collectors and wealthy people. As it turned out, that catalogue, by the attention it attracted, was the starting point in my success, and coupled with the kindly help and valuable advice given me by such celebrated collectors as Lady Schreiber, Lady Currie and Baron Rothschild, which saved me from making many of the mistakes that are so inevitable by a beginner.’ She started business in the High Street and subsequently transferred to Mulberry House in Vicarage Road. By the age of 25 Miss Millard had established a reputation far beyond the confines of the Home Counties – no mean achievement at

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a time when a woman running any sort of business was something of a phenomenon. As her obituary said: ‘To the older generation of collectors, and, indeed, all those interested in antiques, it is no exaggeration to say that Miss Millard’s name was a household word.’ In 1893 she married Mr Nathaniel Charles Dance at St Alban’s Church. Virtually nothing is known of Mr Dance other than that he assisted her in the conduct of her business all through her commercial life until her retirement. There was a son and a daughter from the marriage but nothing is known of them. There is no doubt that Miss Millard’s remarkable flair brought her to the attention of many royal and distinguished clients, and combined with a pleasing personality, the business grew rapidly until she could boast that almost every collector of note had visited her at some time or another. When asked about her client list she said ‘I have clients for everything conceivable and inconceivable – old playing cards, boots and shoes worn by famous people, walking sticks, match-boxes, snuff-boxes, sun-dials, watches, door knockers, cow-bells, teaspoons, old dolls, and instruments of torture. The Dowager Duchess of Norfolk was my first customer. Then I had the honour of supplying Her Majesty the Queen with some rare books and sometime later I sold her Lord Nelson’s written instructions to the Fleet as to how the Battle of Trafalgar was to be fought. Then Mr Gladstone buys books from me. I supplied the present Emperor of Germany with a set of Apostle spoons, Lord Wolseley with Continues on page 24

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History Focus miniatures, Prince Christian with royal portraits, The Duchess of Newcastle, Lady Dorothy Nevill, and many more celebrities too numerous to mention.’ She conceded that she had a vast and entertaining post bag: ‘To open my letters on many mornings I am sure would amuse you. I speculate over them and wonder; it is quite a lottery – I never know what is coming next. A country gentleman wants a pair of carriage gates or perhaps statuary for his grounds. A fond mother asks for eighteenth century embroidered night-caps. Next comes an application for me to purchase a collection of six hundred old fashioned lamps or an Egyptian mummy, the latter I find I must draw the line at.’ ‘A collection like mine, that is changing every hour of the day, is impossible to value or keep classified.’ The interviewer asked to see some of her favourite curios that would be of interest to his readers. The face of this energetic young lady brightened in a minute and she became genuinely excited as she flitted from one curio to another giving its history: ‘This is the log book kept on board the Princess Royal from 1793 to 1796. It contains many interesting notices of the movements of the Agamemnon and the good old Victory. This bust of Nelson is made from timber taken from the Victory. I believe it was carved during the Admiral’s lifetime but it has only just seen the light, after having been treasured in a Devonshire mansion for nearly a century. Here is a locket containing a piece of hair cut from the head of the Great Duke of Wellington; this is a loop of hair from the tail of his horse Copenhagen which carried him in the battle of Waterloo.’ ‘I suppose you are frequently asked for impossible articles?’ remarked the interviewer. ‘Well’ said Miss Millard it is my boast that I have never yet been defeated in my search for anything, however rare it may be. Here is a wonderful instance; I wanted for a collector a particularly rare pack of old playing cards. I had agents in every corner 24 | TW11 – May 2017

of Europe looking for them, and still they defied me. One morning a gentleman came in to sell me some trifling object of jewellery, and just as he was leaving he pulled out of his pocket a small pack of cards. “I suppose these are of no value are they?” he asked. It was the very pack I was in search of, and this is the strangest part of it – the gentleman was almost my next-door neighbour.’ A search for rare books held no qualms for Miss Millard and time and again she produced the required book for her client when the established book world had given up hope of ever finding such an item. She also demonstrated her flexibility in dealing with her customers by one day accepting payment of an exquisite sapphire ring, by a sow and a litter of nine piglets. She sent her butcher to meet the train carrying them and on arrival at the station, he purchased the lot outright. It was said that there were descendents of those pigs running around Teddington for many years. At some point Miss Millard and her family retired from the business and moved to Milford-on-Sea where she died 6 years later. Unfortunately there are so many unanswered questions about her life and very little chance of building a full picture of her. If anyone can provide any additional information, I will be very pleased to hear from them. Ken Howe is a historian and author of several local history books. Tel: 020 8943 1513

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Teddington Update ZONE T1 The North Teddington Controlled Parking Zone came into operation towards the end of March and seems to be working well for residents of the roads concerned i.e. Teddington Park, Claremont Road, Arlington Road, Teddington Park Road and part of Cambridge Road. It will be reviewed after 6 months and already petitions to join the zone have been received from adjacent parts of Cambridge Road and Waldegrave Road. AND THEN THERE WERE TWO Citing changes in customers’ banking habits, National Westminster Bank is to close its branch in the High Street in October. This leaves only Lloyds and Barclays (plus various building societies) in Teddington town centre.

Western franchise) and Hong Kong based MTR in August, the changeover unfortunately coinciding with the closure of platforms 1 to 4 at Waterloo for works to accommodate longer trains. Many of us would prefer all London suburban services to be transferred to Transport for London, given their higher standards and accountability, but the new operators are offering benefits such as new trains all with toilets. THE GARDEN LAST MONTH In mid-April in my north facing front garden the small shrub Daphne tangutica produces sweetsmelling purple and white flowers followed by red berries later in the year.

ST MARY’S UNIVERSITY The University has embarked on a programme of consultation on its expansion plans with a view to the Council adopting an SPD (Supplementary Planning Document) to guide subsequent planning applications. Residents in North Teddington and Strawberry Hill are concerned about the implications. The map illustrates how teaching blocks (brown) and residential blocks (blue) might be built on Metropolitan Open Land, something only allowable under the London Plan if ‘very special circumstances’ can be demonstrated. Further information through this link

SOUTH WEST TRAINS The franchise is being transferred from Stagecoach to FirstGroup (who presently also have the Great 26 | TW11 – May 2017

At the same time the aptly named vernal pea (Lathyrus vernus) provides colour below it in semi-shade. It self seeds and occasionally pink-flowered rather than purpleflowered plants appear.

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

What’s On The Remains of Tom Lehrer – Performed by Adam Kay Thursday 11th May, 8pm Award-winning musical comedian Adam Kay presents his take on the legendary songbook of Tom Lehrer. Lehrer’s satirical songs have delighted and horrified audiences for decades, including Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, The Masochism Tango and The Elements. Classics are revisited from a contemporary perspective, as well as unearthing songs never before performed. Age Guidance: 14+ Tickets: £16 / £14 concs Pre-show supper available; £8.50 per person.

imaginary working from an image of family, friend, stranger or hero; or perhaps a look in the mirror? Suitable for beginners & returners. Tutor: Cathy Unwin Cost: £55 including basic materials Men’s Singing Workshop Saturday 13th May, 10am - 1pm No experience required, all welcome. Register in advance; pay on the day. Cost: £12 per workshop Landmark Spring Art Fair Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May, 10am – 5pm The annual Spring Art Fair bringing you the very best in fine art, illustration, photography, ceramics, sculpture and more. Over 90 artists and makers will be showing and an online catalogue will be available on the website 1 week before the show. Admission: £4 / U16s free

The Landmark Book Club Friday 12th May, 1pm This month’s book is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Organised in association with Waterstones, Teddington, find out more about the author and enjoy an informal discussion led by Waterstones’ staff. Book in advance and get 10% off the book at the store. Tickets: £5 / £3.50 concs Feltmaking Workshop – 2D Felt Portraits Saturday 13th May, 10am - 4pm Produce a felt portrait of someone real or 28 | TW11 – May 2017

To Book Contact:, 020 8977 7558, Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington, TW11 9NN

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