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Issue 92 – May 2018



In this issue Fashion Focus Teddington War Memorial III Children’s Activities Landmark Arts Centre Councillor’s Update Teddington Village Fair

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AY is a fun month, not one but two bank holidays and spring in full swing, it’s a winner as far as I’m concerned. Then throw into the mix a royal wedding, and after all who doesn’t enjoy a wedding? Street parties will abound as the area embraces romance and a right royal excuse for a knees up.

This month Your Spring / Summer Survival Kit Page 4

Fashion Focus Your Spring/Summ er Wardrobe Survival Kit

a complete tropical trousers and jacket outfit and wear the T THE BEGINNING separately. OF APRIL WE were up our winter buttoning jackets waiting HOW TO TRANSITION for Spring. Roll impatiently forward three • On cooler days weeks when an unexpected heat team wave or ditch your tights a midi dress with boots creating a wardrobe sweeps across the country and boots and crisis of what to summer sandals wear wear. on warmer • Layering a utilitarian jacket days. Surviving the yo yo weather and over a tropical transitioning the seasons is easy top when interesting contrast.creates an together a Spring/Sum you know how. So I’ve put • Invest in a trench mer wardrobe It explains the survival kit. if key a longer coat over you need have already landedSpring/Summer trends that dresses. to pull them togetheron the High Street and how ACCESSORISING whatever the weather. TIPS • Basket weave The Five key fashion and artisan designs trends you need bags and shoes on Spring/Summer to know for 2018 • Waist belts to give • Simple jewellery focus 1. TROPICAL UTILITY in metal finishes






This trend combines feminine waist-defi a modern utility feel with ning silhouette botanical prints s to update commerciaand pretty, If you like to make l utility looks. use bold tropical a statement with your clothes prints in trousers, dresses and tops. jackets, STYLE NOTES:

• Dress hemlines are this season; trousersasymmetrical and longer legs are wider. • Jackets look utilitarian but are practical and weatherpr oof. • Mix and match your outfits. You can invest in 4 | TW

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Just in case we are not able to avoid snow, floods and heatwaves all in the same month, our style guru Julia van den Berg, has some great tips to help you stay sartorially on point while navigating the ever changing weather, see page 4.


Hobbs Debenhams Whistles Tailoring continues the fashion arena. to develop its presence within and wrap around You will see tailored, knotted shirts; waist defining and slim cut suits that inject newness dresses wear. A clever to formal approach to this trend is to mix formal tailored pieces with casual trouser with a ie wide legged wrap - look out for balloonshirt. Sleeve detail continues sleeves.

Contents Welcome – Page 1 Teddington Village Fair – Page 2 Fashion Focus – Your Spring / Summer Survival Kit – Pages 4, 5 & 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.

Local Events – Page 8 Children’s Activities – Pages 12 & 14 The Teddington Hospital


War Memorial III – Pages 16 & 17 Councillor’s Update – Page 18

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Teddington Village Fair


UNDAY JUNE 24TH IS THE DATE, and Udney Hall Gardens is the place to be for a day of unrivalled fun and the best FREE entertainment for all the family. For the seventh year running the Fair will be organised by the Landmark Arts Centre, St Mary’s Parish Church and the Teddington Society. Come along from 12 noon and be entertained by the Teddington Theatre Club, the Teddington Dance Studio and the headline show for all the family which is The Carnival of the Animals performed by The Fabularium. A show of magical tales from the woodland featuring live music, singing, storytelling and fabulous masks and costumes. As usual we will have a great selection of stalls for you to visit, inflatables for the young ones to play on and Jake’s Juggling Circus Skills Workshop for them to show off their talents. Should there be some sort of International Football match on that day you can watch it courtesy of St. Mary’s in the Church Hall adjoining the fairground so no need for the chaps to stay at home!! The Pram Race will as usual run alongside the Fair with Prams starting from the Mason’s Arms at 1pm then racing or crawling through town collecting money for charity as they go before arriving at the Fair, where at 3pm the Mayor of Richmond will present prizes to the winners of the three categories. If you’d like to enter a Pram (loosely that is some platform on wheels that can be manhandled by a group of people in fancy dress with the lightest person on board) apply to Alan Benns at pram-race@ for details.

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Of course none of this would be possible without the help of our generous sponsors. Without them we couldn’t put on this fabulous Fair. The Lensbury and the NPL have supported us for many years and will have a presence at the Fair so you can go and thank them. This year we are delighted to welcome a brand new sponsor in Teddington Riverside who are currently developing the apartments on the old TV Studios side. In addition Teddington Riverside would have given us free parking on the site had they not been engaged in landscaping the former car park. Somewhere we will all be able to enjoy as for the first time the public will be able to have pedestrian access through the tower blocks to the river. We thank them all for their generosity and just need you to come along and enjoy all the fun of the fair that their donations are providing.

Sheena Harold, Chairman Teddington Society

Hampton Court Road, KT8 9BW. Tel 020 8487 0480 Email: Booking essential

Fashion Focus Your Spring/Summer Wardrobe Survival Kit


T THE BEGINNING OF APRIL WE were buttoning up our winter jackets waiting impatiently for Spring. Roll forward three weeks when an unexpected heat wave sweeps across the country creating a wardrobe crisis of what to wear. Surviving the yo yo weather and transitioning the seasons is easy when you know how. So I’ve put together a Spring/Summer wardrobe survival kit. It explains the key Spring/Summer trends that have already landed on the High Street and how to pull them together whatever the weather. The Five key fashion trends you need to know for Spring/Summer 2018 are:

a complete tropical outfit and wear the trousers and jacket separately. HOW TO TRANSITION • On cooler days team a midi dress with boots or ditch your tights and boots and wear summer sandals on warmer days. • Layering a utilitarian jacket over a tropical top creates an interesting contrast. • Invest in a trench if you need a longer coat over dresses. ACCESSORISING TIPS • Basket weave and artisan designs on bags and shoes • Waist belts to give focus • Simple jewellery in metal finishes






This trend combines a modern utility feel with feminine waist-defining silhouettes and pretty, botanical prints to update commercial utility looks. If you like to make a statement with your clothes use bold tropical prints in trousers, jackets, dresses and tops. STYLE NOTES: • Dress hemlines are asymmetrical and longer this season; trousers legs are wider. • Jackets look utilitarian but are practical and weatherproof. • Mix and match your outfits. You can invest in 4 | TW11 – May 2018




Tailoring continues to develop its presence within the fashion arena. You will see tailored, knotted and wrap around shirts; waist defining dresses and slim cut suits that inject newness to formal wear. A clever approach to this trend is to mix formal tailored pieces with casual ie wide legged trouser with a wrap shirt. Sleeve detail continues - look out for balloon sleeves.

STYLE NOTES: • Fondant summer tailored trousers suits. • Whistles shows us the silhouette of the season, wide trouser with a wrap around top. • Use stripes and checks for your work wardrobe. HOW TO TRANSITION • Wear darker colours when it’s cooler. • Wear lighter colours when its warmer. • Use cardigans over summer dresses and shorter length jumpers with trousers. ACCESSORISING TIPS: • Use individuality when it comes to choosing your handbag • Sock boots • Circular designed jewellery

STYLE NOTES: • Smart casual comfortable styling. • Return of the crop jean, pinafore dresses and dungarees. • Tunics and midi dresses worn over straight legged jeans. HOW TO TRANSITION • Boots and jackets with jeans for cooler days. • Cut out trainers to keep feet cooler in summer. • Midi dresses/tunics worn over straight jeans/trousers on cooler days. • Pinafore dresses/dungarees worn with jumpers/tops underneath on cooler days. ACESSORISING TIPS • Ear cuffs • Hair accessories • Interchangeable backpacks and totes




Simply Be


It’s all about the details that transform your basic outfit into something smarter. Mix the opulent - ruffles, embellishment, silk with something casual such as your jeans. Crop jeans offer a new silhouette for the season teamed with ruffled tops, asymmetric hemlines on t-shirts and colour to create impact. Wearing midi dresses as tunics introduces proportion-play layering, offering a fresh style.

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An exciting bold and vibrant palette of bright colours underpin this high-summer trend. Wraparound detailing and asymmetric silhouettes lead the way for dresses. Ruffles continue to be an on-trend statement for a sassy, flamenco inspired look. Continues on page 6 TW11 – May 2018 | 5

Fashion Focus


STYLE NOTES: • Colour blocking • Work layered styling with wrap around dresses • Boost your mood and your holiday wardrobe with bright bold colours This is how to transition into high summer - perfect holiday outfits. ACCESSORISING TIPS • Bold bright earrings in drop styles • Fringe and tassels on bags • Raffia sandals with holiday ready fabric wrap around detail


F&F Tesco

STYLE NOTES: • Floaty and feminine softly draped silhouettes. • Vintage florals nodding to a romantic mood. • Shoulder baring silhouettes return for another. season providing easy updates for loose-fitting dress and blouse shapes. HOW TO TRANSITION • Floral coats and jackets over lighter weight dresses and trousers give an extra layer of warmth. • Embroidered jeans and jackets for cooler days. • Maxi dresses are a cool alterative on a hot day.


ACCESSORISING TIPS • Pearl earrings and necklaces • Floral appliques • Opulant sparkle on shoes and bags

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Dorothy Perkins

This trend is centred around the maxi/midi dress. Semi-sheer cottons and pretty ruffle details and vintage florals nodding to a bohemian and romantic mood. Look out for one shoulder tops and tiered layering.

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Wishing you a colourful and stylish summer wardrobe.

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

Local Events Dates For Your Diary

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Saturday 6th May, 10am – 12pm Annual Plant Sale

Saturday 19th May, 10am-12pm and Wednesday 23rd May, 6 - 8pm Try Bowls Open Day & Evening

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. There will also be a great selection of hot and cold drinks, and lots of home-made cakes! For the benefit of pupils at Teddington School. Teddington School on Broom Road, TW11

Sunday 6th May Chestnut Sunday Parade starts at 12.30pm at Teddington Gate, Bushy Park free entry

Saturday 12th – Friday 18th May, Sunday, 6pm, weekdays 7.45pm

The Ruling Class A blue-blood with a Messiah complex, the 14th Earl of Gurney is besieged by his ruthless family scheming to strip him of his title. Bubbling with acerbic wit and feverish energy, Olivier Award-winning and Oscarnominated-writer, Peter Barnes’s razor-sharp satire mercilessly exposes the absurdity of unearned privilege. It became a successful feature film starring Peter O’Toole. Ticket prices: Members £12 & £16 Box Office: Telephone: 0845 838 7528 (10am – 8pm) Online: Hampton Hill Theatre

Saturday 19th May, 10am – 3pm Toys, Gifts and New Clothes Sale Teddington Salvation Army 8 | TW11 – May 2018

Juniors and Beginners welcome. Please wear flat soled shoes - no heels! Please contact Christine on 020 8943 1329. Teddington Bowls Club Grove Gardens TW11 8AS

Sat 2nd – Sat 9th June, 7.45pm Matinee Sunday 3rd June at 3pm • Wed 6th June - No performance

Joking Apart Richard and Anthea are the lucky couple who seem to have all the good fortune fall into their lap; yet in a very British way, they are thoroughly nice and eager to help their friends and neighbours. The only problem is that, with the best of intentions, they end up sucking out their independence and self-respect. Ayckbourn is on record as saying that this play is his personal favourite, which is quite an accolade. Telephone bookings: call between 10am and 7pm only please, on 07484 927 662 Richmond Shakespeare Society at The Mary Wallace Theatre, The Embankment, TW1 3DU

Saturday 9th June, 7.30pm Hampton Choral Society: Under the baton of Richard Harker - MD, performing Mozart Mass in C Minor, Beethoven - The Choral Fantasy and Haydn - Insanae Vanae et Curae. With professional soloists, strings, piano and organ accompaniment. Tickets: £12.50 Adults; £6 Juniors, Contact Di Bidwell at or 020 8941 5394. St James’ Church, St James’s Road, Hampton Hill, TW12 1DQ

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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@


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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, 5th May, 16th June 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@ Continues on page 14

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Children’s Activities Little Wrigglers Dance, Perform & Play

Monday 1.45-2.30pm 2-4 years Thursdays: 9.30-10.15am, 2-4 years, 10:3011.15am, 2-4 years. A creative mix of dance, music and mime to inspire your child to move to music. Contact: Rachel 07817 691660, littlewrigglers. Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, TW11

Mini Professors

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). 14 | TW11 – May 2018

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Story Time @ Teddington Library

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Singing Hands

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

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History Focus The Teddington Hospital War Memorial III


AST MONTH’S STORY PROVOKED a lot of interest and if anyone has any further information on the families involved, I would be most interested to hear from them. This month I will run through a few names on the memorial and some interesting stories arising about them. MAJOR THOMAS JOHN MOSS MC Thomas Moss was born in 1879 and was a career soldier. He joined the Army in 1895 and served overseas in India for seven years. His brother, David, was a Major in the Garrison Artillery in France and his father had fought in the Zulu wars. He was the son of Thomas Moss of 145 Waldegrave Rd and was married to Emily Mary Moss of 10 Claremont Road. His uncle was Councillor C H Moss, the monumental mason of Church Rd who designed and built the war memorial. He went over to France with the 2nd Division of the Royal Field Artillery in August 1914 although it is unclear what rank he held at that time. In October 1915 he was awarded the Military Cross from King George, the first man, it is believed, to receive this honour in this war. Rapid promotion followed and at the end of October, he was given a commission as Lieutenant. The following January saw him promoted to Captain and in March 1917 he was made a Major in the 61st Division. He had seen much severe fighting and had been at each of the great battles of the Western Front since the beginning of the war. In addition to his Military Cross, he was twice mentioned in Dispatches. He was killed in action whilst Acting Lieutenant 16 | TW11 – May 2018

Colonel, at St Quentin, France on 21st March 1918. He was 39. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial at the Somme, which records some 14,690 names. He is also remembered on the headstone of the grave of his baby son in Teddington Cemetery as well as the Hospital War Memorial and the Methodist Church Memorial. SERGEANT JAMES EDWARD NEEDS One lady who got in touch with us had been doing a lot of work on her grandfather’s life but had not been able to pinpoint his death. This was Sergeant James Needs MM. We were lucky enough to uncover a clip in the Surrey Comet of 27th January 1920 which solved the mystery. SON RECEIVES FATHER’S MEDAL Gallant Sergeant who was shot by German Officer after Capture ‘Before a special parade of Troops at the Depot, East Surrey Regiment on Monday morning, Major J C May, DSO, Commanding Officer, presented the Military Medal awarded to the late Sgt J E Needs, Middlesex Regiment, to his son, Scout James Needs, 1st Teddington (Baptist) Troop BP. The medal was granted for gallantry and devotion to duty in a raid near Passchendaele on 3 March 1918. The deceased , who was 37 years of age when he met his death on 24 April 1918, was the husband of Mrs Needs of 37 Argyle Road, Teddington. He had served in France for over two years before his death, and had won the confidence of all the men in his platoon by his good leadership and cheery disposition. Writing to his widow some ten months after the death of his platoon sergeant, a comrade, after repatriation, stated that on the day Sgt Needs met his death the Germans broke through

on a flank. The English were ordered to retire from the trench they held, but the enemy surrounded them. They continued fighting until they ran out of ammunition and they had to surrender “and a cowardly Hun officer deliberately shot your husband, after we had surrendered,” added the writer.’ PRIVATE WILLIAM ARTHUR STRINGER A very sad case was reported in the name of Will Stringer. Private Stringer – a handsome young fellow of 6 ft. and yet less than 17 years old, lived, at the time of his joining the 13th London Fusiliers at the outbreak of war, with his parents at 80 Broad Street. He was a pupil of Tiffin School and was remembered by his schoolmates as a fine healthy minded lad of energy, vivacity and courage. When the Nation’s call was heard, Will was enthusiastic in his response, and readily joined the Territorials, though but 16 years old. ‘He had the bearing of older years; and his tall, well knit figure and healthy countenance did credit to his khaki. One may be sure he comported himself well before the enemy. It was in the lad’s nature.’ He was one of the victims of Neuve Chapelle and he died the death of a soldier marked by fortitude and pathos, thoughtful to the last of his home and his parents. The story of his death is told in a letter marked by deep feeling and true sentiment from the French nurse who tended him at the Base Hospital : “Dear Mr Stringer, I am terribly grieved to have to tell you of the death of your son, William Arthur Stringer, 13th London. He came into the hospital exactly a week ago with a broken arm and a pierced lung, also with bad concussion of the head. That night he was conscious, and with his well right hand he clasped mine very tightly, and I said a prayer for him. Then he got much better. He was very comfortable in bed, with doctors and nurses to attend him, and he improved greatly. I was very fond of him, and used to help him with his meals and write cards for him and do

all I could; while every night I made a practice of saying his prayers with him. He sometimes would talk to me as much as ten minutes at a time. Last night, however, he seemed much weaker. Very late when I was in the ward he beckoned to me and whispered that he was not feeling so well; would I send his love to you all if he did not get better? I tried to cheer him up and prayed again, and he fell asleep with a smile on his face. He was not conscious next morning, and passed away very peacefully at 12.00 noon. We buried him today in the little cemetery of this place, in a special spot reserved for soldiers fallen in the war. A wooden cross, with his name upon it in metal, marks the exact spot where he is, within sound of the guns. I pray that God may help you in your great sorrow, and remember that, like our beloved Lord himself, he gave his life for others. I am, yours in deepest sympathy, C.M. Chavim’ Will died on 17 March 1915, aged 16. Possibly the first Teddington casualty of the war. Thanks to the many hours of hard work by Colin Hicks and David Neller, we now have all memorial records online and anyone may look up any distant friend or relation. Go to the Teddington Society Wiki page, then the Online WW1 War Memorial for Teddington, alphabetical Index, then select a letter. All names with that letter will be drawn up, then select a name. The chosen name will appear with a brief biography. Ken Howe is a historian and author of several local history books. Tel: 020 8943 1513

Teddington Update WASTE AND RECYCLING - SOME FACTS HE COUNCIL PROVIDES A WEEKLY box-based recycling service to 65,000 households with mixed papers and card in the blue box and comingled containers in the black box. Over 8% of the material which residents put in the black boxes should not be there (contaminant). The Council also provides a food waste recycling service to these households. At the same time it provides a weekly estates recycling service to 17,500 multi-occupancy sites and a fortnightly chargeable garden waste recycling service to 14,000 households.


In recent years the recycling rate has fallen from 46% to 41% and the tonnage of household waste has increased from 10,000 to 11,000 tonnes per quarter. The contractor is Veolia and the value of their contract, which is until March 2020, is £5.4m per annum. Non-recycled waste (including black bag waste) is taken by train from Brentford to the Energy from Waste facility at Severnside in South Gloucestershire. This allows 96% of the general waste collected to be diverted from landfill. During 2016/2017, nearly 35,000 tonnes of general waste was collected in Richmond Separately collected food waste is sent for anaerobic digestion and garden waste for composting. During 2016/2017, nearly 3,000 tonnes of food and 5,500 tonnes of garden waste was collected in Richmond. • Paper and card is processed in a mill in Belgium. During 2016/2017, 11,000 tonnes of card and paper was collected in Richmond • Dry co-mingled recycling (DCR) (i.e. plastics bottles and other items in black box) is taken to Veolia materials recycling depot in Rainham. During 2016/2017, 8,500 tonnes of DCR was collected in Richmond • During 2016/2017, 380 tonnes of textiles and shoes and 800 tonnes of metals were collected in Richmond. 18 | TW11 – May 2018

Some recyclates such as paper and card, textiles and metals make a clear profit to the Council. All others are less expensive to dispose of than if they were part of General black bag waste. For example food waste is nearly 5 times as expensive to dispose of if it is part of General waste rather than dealt with separately. THE GARDEN LAST MONTH Daphne tangutica is a very attractive shrub with sweet smelling white flowers tinged with violet followed by red berries. Only minor pruning is advised and it often flowers twice. The perennial wallflower, Erysimum, starts flowering in March or April and may continue all year. The flowers are typically purple or orange plus some varieties that change colour as the flowers open. The most popular and reliable variety is Bowles’s Mauve which, unusually, has grey-green leaves. I have never had the nerve to do more than remove dead or feeble shoots but the books recommend a substantial reduction after the first flush of flowers using shears.

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

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What’s On Richmond Art Society Summer Exhibition Saturday 5th May - Monday 7th May Saturday & Sunday 10am – 6pm; Monday 10am – 5pm Private View: Friday 4th May, 6pm – 8pm. The Richmond Art Society Summer Exhibition features artists from across the borough presenting work in a variety of media, including oils, watercolours, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and more. All original work is for sale, together with greetings cards and reproductions. This year the Society presents work by artists interpreting the theme Going to Waste. More information on their website Free Event

maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires - with a few surprises along the way. “the finest purveyors of Eastern European gypsy music this side of a Lada scrap heap” - The Times Tickets: £16 / £15 LAC Members Pre-show supper available; £9.50 per person.

Men’s Singing Workshops Saturday 12th May 10am - 1pm Acapella workshops for men. No experience required, all welcome. Register in advance; pay on the day. Cost: £12

The Budapest Café Orchestra Thursday 10th May, 8pm Back by popular demand, the hugely entertaining Budapest Café Orchestra’s traditional folk and gypsy music from across the Balkans and Russia will make you want to book a holiday along the Danube! Led by jazz violin superstar Christian Garrick, the BCO repertoire includes Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas and beautiful ballads evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle 20 | TW11 – May 2018

The Richmond Brass Band Sunday 13th May, 3pm The Richmond Brass Band presents an afternoon of music written specifically for brass bands. Traditional and contemporary, ‘Made to Measure’ features works by Eric Ball, Peter Graham, Gavin Higgins, Derek Bourgeois and more. With something for the whole family, don’t miss this chance to see the true variety and style of brass band music, lovingly curated and presented by the Richmond

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

What’s On Brass Band. Tickets: £12 / £10 concs & LAC Members / £5 U16s / Free U5s / £29 Family (2 adults & 2 children) Spring Art Fair Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th May, 10am – 5pm This year’s Spring Art Fair will feature around 100 artists showing a huge range of work in a wide range of media. Painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers, illustrators, ceramicists, plus a small selection of carefully selected jewellers, make for a truly diverse and visually spectacular event. Admission: £4 / £3 concessions / LAC members & U18s free

MAY HALF TERM ACTIVITIES See website for additional events: Art Workshop with Ace Art: Recycled Fish Weave Wednesday 30th May: 10.30am – 12.30pm: 8-14 years The children will create a weaving loom from willow and then weave found and recycled materials through the structure to form a fabulous hanging, decorative fish, helping them understand our environmental impact on the world’s sea life. Limited places so early booking essential. Tutors: Ace Art Cost: £13 per child Contact: 020 8977 7558 or education@ Half-Term Music School

Bring Your Own Baby Comedy Tuesday 22nd May, 12.30pm A grown-up lunchtime comedy club – babies welcome! The UK’s premier baby friendly comedy club! With soft flooring, toys, buggy parking and baby changing, so that your baby is happy and you can relax and be entertained by the funniest comedy stars in the UK. Please note: our brilliant comics will be performing their usual adult material, which is why we have a strict 12 month age limit for our little laughers. Ages: Parents and babies up to 12 months.

Grade 5 Music Theory Revision Wednesday 30th May, 10am – 12.30pm Our popular revision course for Grade 5 music theory for students preparing for the ABRSM exams. Tutors: Joan Child & Anne Want Cost: £30 Contact: 020 8977 7558 or education@ Individual Aural Sessions Grades 1-8 ABRSM Tuesday 29th May – pm (individual sessions, must be booked in advance) Thursday 31st May – pm (individual sessions, must be booked in advance) Tutor: Joan Child Cost: £20 per 30 minute ssession Contact: 020 8977 7558 or education@

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Student accommodation wanted We are constantly in need of short and long term affordable accommodation in the local area for our undergraduates, postgraduates and international students. If you have a house, flat, bedsit, loft conversion or room in your home that you would like to offer to our students from June onwards, please visit to advertise your property to St Mary’s students.

For more information, please contact: The Accommodation Service 020 8240 4034

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