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Issue 86 – November 2017



In this issue Fashion Focus Teddington 800 The History of Holistic Health History Focus Landmark Arts Centre Councillor’s Update

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OVEMBER gets off to an explosive start with Bonfire Night lighting up the skies. Although I do feel for those local cats and dogs who will be relieved to come out from behind the sofa once the ruckus is over. Perhaps they’ll forgive us if we buy them a present from one of the many Christmas fairs being held this month.

Fashion Focus

This month

‘Tis the Season


to Party!

OO EARLY TO START THINKING OF Christmas and New Year outfits? It’s on the horizon December is just a anything in your month away! If you can’t see wardrobe that you for that special festive event, you could wear to read that I‘ve will be pleased got some great Marks & Spencer news... Tesco F&F Hobbs HI LO 2. NEW HERITAGE The term Hi Lo has encapsulated This trans-seasonal fashion design trend reworks wardrobe this Autumn/Winter. items by pairing basic It means for us, oversized jackets that simple and soft-volum tailored separates wardrobe basics e styled with crisp can be elevated with detailed cuffs shirts, blouses with added glitz and fine knitwear and look. Grown-up the lines between glam blurring suiting checks are for a versatile smart and a must have. casual. By taking an From windowpa and mixing it with opulent piece ne checks to cool more casual houndstooth, menswear-inspired items allows easy patterns are key transition from tailored looks. Pair for day to night and oversize and two-tonewomen’s offers a checks for a fresh minimalis Marks & Spencer great ‘cost per t take on the trend. wear’ – prints on jackets Subtle animal dress worn open So it’s not necessary ratio. add another dimension over for a more casual to to this look leggings with glam party in a dress! feel. heels

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Structured silhouette s and exaggerate accentuate the d volume shoulders, waist and hips. Tailoring, cut-outs and asymmetry emphasise a strong female form and provide newness. Need to go out straight from work for drinks? Jazz this look up by wearing evening underneath a suit a lace top jacket, add a coloured replace brogues belt and or ankle boots with glam shoes. Luxurious fabrics such as velvet 3. HYBRID SPORTS and satin are used for more versatile pieces that can Relaxed yet refined be worn day to night. Just by adding looks continue trend. To create to be a popular dress you’re ready a belt and boots to your day this to go! pairing soft volume look, hybrid styling is key, basics and textured tailored trousers with sporty casual vibe. Layeringjackets for a laidback smart/ pieces is also key, and jackets are so coats layered to create a complete over knitwear or casual tops outfit. 1. MINIMALIST MAXIMALIST This is all about wearing Look out for exaggerate plain bold pops of colour. d details on tops sleeves, peplum’s; with puff midi skirts with hems that elevate asymmetric classic, simple silhouettes into contemporary look. a complete the look Bold coloured oversized coats .

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Although we’ve had an unusually warm autumn; my garden has been showing signs that it thinks we’re in spring, the clocks going back dispels all illusion that we are heading anywhere but winter. So it is timely that local personal stylist, Julia van den Berg, is here to talk us through party season fashion, see page 10.


Pom pom hats, sport bags and stackable jewellery give freedom to play with scale and sport shoes are given a fresh feel with embellishment and embroidery. Wallis

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Contents Welcome – Page 1 Events Calendar – Page 2 Teddington 800 – Page 4 Events Listing– Pages 6 & 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 next month.

Fashion Focus – Pages 10 & 12 Children’s Activities – Pages 14 & 16 The History of Holistic Health – Page 18


Ablain St. Nazaire – Pages 20 & 22 Councillor’s Update – Page 24

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Events Calendar November 2017 Monday



Thursday 2nd



Saturday 4th


Wraggedy Wreaths – see 26

Farmers’ Market every Sunday see p10

Fireworks see p6

Sunday 5th Charity Fireworks see p6

Sculpture Showcase – see p26







Book Club see p26 Tedd WI see p6

Teddington Review see p4

Liza Pulman see p26 Dead Parrots Comedy see p6







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Craft Fair see p9



Remembrance Sunday see p6

19th Still Life & Red Peppers see p8

Sparkle – see p26 Hercules – see p6






Christmas Market see p8 BYOB Comedy see p28 Still Life & Red Peppers –




see p8

25th Xmas Craft Fair see p8 Thames Philharmonia see p28 Xmas Bazaar see p8

30th Teddington Lights Up see p7 Santa’s Grotto & Craft Fair see p13

From 25th November until 2nd December – Deck Your Walls – see

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26th Teddington 800 Service see p4 Xmas Fair see p8



Wednesday 8 November, 2.30pm for Year 5 upwards Thursday 16 November, 2.30pm for Years 1 to 4 Book your place at

Teddington 800 THE TE DDINGT

THE CHURCH IS ALWAYS AHEAD OF THE curve, don’t you know - and a full month before the end of the calendar year, comes the end of the church year, and with it the close of the 800th Parish Anniversary celebrations.

And how will we go out? - Well it’s Guy Fawkes isn’t it - so with a bang of course! Now some bright spark did, very early on in our planning, suggest we hold fireworks in St Mary’s churchyard, but as it would be churlish to accidentally blow up the most historic sacred building for miles, instead, we’ve taken The Lensbury Club up on their kind offer to make tickets available to their own very special display. It will be dazzling in such a beautiful riverside setting, and I’m told it will even include a surprise nod to the 800 too (can’t wait to see what it is)! So see www.teddparish. if you want to come.












More than 30 local organisations and businesses have supported the Tedd 800 in running 25 different fun, heritage, sport and art activities, attended by thousands of energetic After that on Saturday the 11th, you can take a and interesting people. What a tremendous gift lighthearted, comic gallop through about 5/8ths from everyone to everyone - what a town - how of the town history, the changes, the quirky proud we should be - aren’t you all lovely! ironies and perhaps some of the poignant moments, at ‘The Teddington Review’ - a new I do hope very many of you come along to the play created by wonderful, talented local writer service on the 26th, so we can thank you in Cathy Randall and hosted graciously by the person (plus we’ll never get through all that historic grade II listed Normansfield theatre on cake otherwise). But just in case you don’t Kingston Road. make it, thank you for joining in, thank you for helping, thank you making it an amazing festival Finally, just before we all give in to the arrival and thank you for constantly pointing out all of Advent and the Christmas season, at 10am the personal things I’ve had a tendency to blurt on Sunday November 26th, The Bishop of out in these articles! It has been fun! Who’s up Kensington and the Mayor will join us once for Teddington 900? again at a finale service, to give thanks for our happy 800th adventure and to look forward to Not to sound too much like Columbo... but ‘just our 801st! one more thing’... The Teddington 800 has been about faith and also about friendship and it’s With that in mind, I was just thinking that a year been for all, no matter what, and just so as you ago this week, we sat by the river and scribbled know, so is the church - and you hopeful, ambitious ideas with a 2B pencil on know where we are... one tatty side of A4 paper, trying to encompass what makes this place special, and a year on we can’t quite believe that it all happened - and Anne McTeer more besides... 4 | TW11 – November 2017 or @Teddington800 on Facebook TeddParish800

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Saturday 4th November, Gates 5pm Now That’s What I Call Fireworks Set to chart topping hits of the year. With mulled wine, hot food and entertainment. Tickets: £10 adults / £5 children, under 5s free Collis School, Fairfax Road, TW11

Sunday 5th November, 6pm Poetry at the Adelaide An open mic poetry evening to come and share your poetry or read a favourite poem. Or just sit and enjoy. £2 entry, and please buy a drink at the bar. The Adelaide, 57 Park Rd, Teddington TW11 0AU

Sunday 5th November, 6pm Charity Fireworks There will be lots available on the night including: Hog roast, BBQ, mulled wine, cider & hot chocolate, ice creams, live music, charity raffle. All charity donation will be gratefully accepted on the door and go to the Shooting Star charity. Display will begin around 7.15pm. The Anglers, Broom Road, TW11

Wednesday 8th November, 8pm Teddington WI Christmas Crafting Constitutional Club, 5 Stanley Rd, TW11

Friday 10th November, doors 8pm 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

Sunday 12th November Remembrance Sunday Formal remembrance activities will begin at 10am when veterans, their families and friends along with representatives of local organisations will muster opposite the British Legion on Kingston Lane. The wreath laying ceremony and mass will take place at the war memorial at Teddington Memorial Hospital where an observance of 2 minutes silence will be held at 11am.

Fri 17th – Sun 19th November, 7.30pm Hercules Richmond Opera present Handel’s dramatic tragedy. The performance will be fully staged with an orchestra. Handel’s most dramatic opera tells the tragic story of the legendary Greek hero Hercules destroyed by his wife’s jealousy. Tickets: £17 from 0333 1212 300 or online at The Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, TW11 9PS

Saturday 18th November, 10.30am Craft Fair see advert on page 9 Continues on page 8

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Local Events Sunday 19th – Saturday 25th November

Christmas Bazaar

No performance on Friday, Sunday 4pm, weekdays 7.45pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm

As well as the magical Santa’s Grotto, children can participate in numerous festive activities in the children’s activity room, such as face painting and Christmas crafts. Don’t forget to sample the famous hog roast, homemade soup and mulled wine, or the array of delicious homemade cakes, jams and chutneys on offer. For bargain hunters there will be books galore, homeware, children’s toys and equipment stalls and some wonderful raffle prizes. Entry is only £1 (and children go free!) St Marys Parish Hall, Langham Road, Teddington.

Still Life and Red Peppers Two classic short plays by the very English genius Noël Coward. Still Life - the bittersweet tale of a clandestine affair that became Coward’s classic film, Brief Encounter. Laura and Alec are the two, utterly English star-crossed lovers trapped in passionless marriages, yearning to break free. Red Peppers - stuck in a love-hate relationship are song & dance duo George and Lily Pepper. On their way down the ladder of success, their vaudeville duos provide the musical counterpoint to their non-stop squabbling and petty feuds. Ticket prices: £10 & £14. Box Office: 0845 838 7529 (10am – 8pm) Online: Coward Studio of Hampton Hill Theatre

Tuesday 21st November, 8pm to 10pm Christmas Market From Playwam preschool. £4.50 entry including a glass of prosecco and a mince pie. Contact- St Mary’s Parish Hall, Langham Road, Teddington

Saturday 25th November, 11am – 4.30pm Christmas Craft Fair All proceeds from this event are going to the Down’s Syndrome Association. All stalls are selling handcrafted items. Entry is FREE. The Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, TW11 9PS

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Sunday 26th November, 10am –4pm Christmas Fair Christmas gifts for sale, children’s arts and crafts activities, live music, and delicious Christmas fare from local producers. Entry is just £4 per person. Crafts for children to enjoy in the learning department. All welcome, no booking required.

Thursday 30th November, 4pm - 9pm Teddington Lights Up See advert on previous page

Saturday 2nd December, 10.30am – 1pm Christmas Fair With stalls including jewellery, home-made cakes, crafts, Christmas gifts, a selection of games, bric-a-brac, tombola, Christmas raffle and refreshments. All money raised will go towards the future provision of the many services Elleray Hall offers to the local community. Entrance fee: £1 adults, children free. Elleray Hall, Elleray Road, Teddington, TW11 0HG

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Fashion Focus ‘Tis the Season to Party!


OO EARLY TO START THINKING OF Christmas and New Year outfits? It’s on the horizon December is just a month away! If you can’t see anything in your wardrobe that you could wear for that special festive event, you will be pleased to read that I‘ve got some great news... HI LO The term Hi Lo has encapsulated fashion design this Autumn/Winter. It means for us, that simple wardrobe basics can be elevated with added glitz and glam blurring the lines between smart and casual. By taking an opulent piece and mixing it with more casual items allows easy transition from Marks & Spencer – day to night and offers a dress worn open over great ‘cost per wear’ ratio. leggings with glam heels So it’s not necessary to party in a dress! 1. MINIMALIST MAXIMALIST This is all about wearing plain bold pops of colour. Look out for exaggerated details on tops with puff sleeves, peplum’s; midi skirts with asymmetric hems that elevate classic, simple silhouettes into a contemporary look. Bold coloured oversized coats complete the look . Luxurious fabrics such as velvet and satin are used for more versatile pieces that can be worn day to night. Just by adding a belt and boots to your day dress you’re ready to go!

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2. NEW HERITAGE This trans-seasonal trend reworks wardrobe basic items by pairing oversized jackets and soft-volume tailored separates styled with crisp shirts, blouses with detailed cuffs and fine knitwear for a versatile look. Grown-up suiting checks are a must have. From windowpane checks to cool houndstooth, menswear-inspired patterns are key for women’s tailored looks. Pair oversize and two-tone minimalist checks for a fresh take on the trend. Subtle animal prints on jackets add another dimension to this look for a more casual feel. Structured silhouettes and exaggerated volume accentuate the shoulders, waist and hips. Tailoring, cut-outs and asymmetry emphasise a strong female form and provide newness. Need to go out straight from work for evening drinks? Jazz this look up by wearing a lace top underneath a suit jacket, add a coloured belt and replace brogues or ankle boots with glam shoes. 3. HYBRID SPORTS Relaxed yet refined looks continue to be a popular trend. To create this look, hybrid styling is key, pairing soft volume tailored trousers with sporty basics and textured jackets for a laidback smart/ casual vibe. Layering pieces is also key, so coats and jackets are layered over knitwear or casual tops to create a complete outfit. Pom pom hats, sport bags and stackable jewellery give freedom to play with scale and sport shoes are given a fresh feel with embellishment and embroidery.

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Tonal dressing replaces colour blocking for a sophisticated look and mixing different textures and fabrics creates interest. Look for versatile pieces to create different looks that can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. Looking like you’re wearing your pyjamas out to dinner may not appeal to us all but it’s so on trend right now! 4. VINTAGE PRAIRIE 1970’s vintage bohemian styles have made a comeback with added touches and classic elements of boho print. While silhouettes are kept free and flowing, there’s a new abstract emphasis on dark florals, embroidery and the collage prints. Opulent embroidery can be found on everything – even jeans! Floral dresses and faux fur jackets are mixed with sheer layers. Lace trims add a feminine edge and a rich colour palette evokes a retro 1970s mood. Mix in textured drop earrings, multi strand necklaces and oriental inspired floral designs for a party wear look.

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Look out for cinched-in velvet midi-dresses and intricate lace blouses for a feminine feel, while loose-fitting jackets and dresses come in opulent metallic finishes. Glamorous dresses and velvet suits are styled with casual pieces for a fresh interpretation of partywear for this season’s hi-lo styling trend. Draped and ruched body-con style dresses in this season’s key midi length will instantly update your wardrobe. Find slinky blouses in satins and silks with bow tie details, perfect for the hi-lo trend; dress up with party skirts or formal trousers or dress down with jeans. Pretty lace continues to be a popular choice for tops and dresses. Pleated midi skirts are updated with luxurious fabrics such as velvet and metallic finishes which again can be used for hi-lo styling. COLOUR Red is the dominant colour of Autumn/Winter. Ah I can hear you say but what shade of red will work for me? No worries, there’s one shade that works for everyone no matter your skin tone, eye or hair colour… True Red is the one colour that everyone can wear as it sits at the centre of all colour and has an equal flow through the colour spectrum. Not only that, research has shown that wearing the colour red makes you feel and seem more attractive. Add a bright red lipstick and nail polish to glam up any of your outfits and be party ready. Enjoy! Julia van den Berg is a local Personal Stylist at House of Colour Tel. 0800 0932406

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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..

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 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 14 | TW11 – November 2017

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.

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

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 Continues on page 16

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Noah’s Ark

Thursdays 10-11:30am Join us with your babies or children under 4 for fun with toys, crafts, singing and stories. There is a baby area for pre-walkers. All are welcome. Contact St Michael’s Fulwell, Wilcox Rd, TW11 0SP

Rainbow Music

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

Story Time @ Teddington Library

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

Singing Hands

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


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

Story Time @ Twickenham Library

Tuesdays: 3.45pm. Free weekly story time for the under 5s. Tel: 020 8734 3340, Garfield Rd, TW1 3JT

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

Super Soccer Stars

Wednesdays – 3–3.40pm ages: 12–24 mths 3.45–4.30pm ages: 2–3 years Teaching soccer skills in a fun, noncompetitive, educational environment to nurture, build self-confidence and develop teamwork. Contact: Adam 020 8945 7171, Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, Tw11 9NN

Teddington Dance Studio

Ballet, modern, tap, street jazz and melody movement, musical theatre, tinny tappers. For ∞ to 16 year olds. Contact: Natalie 07887 353950,

Tiny Teddies

Second and fourth Friday of the month: 10.30-11am. Bounce and rhyme for babies and toddlers. Contact: 020 8734 3340 Twickenham Library, Garfield Rd, TW1 3JT.

Teddington Tots

Drop in toddler group for children up to 3 yrs old. Open Tuesday and Wednesday, 9.30-11.30am. Offers a session full of fun, activities , music and wide selection of toys. For any queries please contact Maddy 07760228050 Methodist Church Hall, 1 Stanley Road

Tiny Tunes

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

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Tuesdays 4–4.45pm. Ages: 5–8 years Starts: 12th September 2017 Children’s yoga in a fun and noncompetitive environment. Relaxing bodies and minds through yoga postures, breathing exercises and creative relaxations. Classes will enhance selfconfidence, coordination, concentration and of course an inner ‘zen’! Courses run on a half termly basis and are to be booked and paid for in advance. A Free Taster session available. £45 for a 6 week course Philippa at

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HE KNOWLEDGE OF HOLISTIC HEALTH spans thousands of years and has been practised in many cultures throughout history. It focuses on the balance of mind, body and spirit treating the person as a whole, and everybody can benefit. The Egyptians are known for using plant resins and essences for preserving the dead, and thousands of years later their perfectly-preserved bodies are still being discovered. In hot countries with little sanitation, plant extracts and oils made life more pleasant. Prescriptions and formulae were inscribed on stones, helping us to have an understanding today of ancient medicine. The Nile Valley was known as the ‘Cradle of Medicine.’ Arab Influences came from Avicenna (980-1037), a Persian who contributed a great deal to medicine, past and present. He catalogued up to 800 plants and their uses, gave detailed instructions on massage and discovered the process of distillation, which is how most essential oils are obtained today. Ancient Greeks, like Hippocrates who lived in the 4th century, stressed the healing power of nature and a belief in the self-healing efforts of the body. He wrote on the useful properties of plant and herbs. In the process of conquering their way to a huge empire the Romans gained knowledge of plants and oils from the cultures they assimilated. Used in public baths, essences and resins were very expensive. Oils and essences were used in the baths, both in the water and also for massage. In India ayurveda is the ancient medical tradition. It is one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems. It is used today in many ways from massage, diet, yoga, exercise and stress management. Ayurveda teaches that we should look after ourselves but also have a responsibility for the environment and world we live in. (Ayur=life, Veda=science of knowledge). 18 | TW11 – November 2017

In China, the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine is the earliest record of a book of herbal medicine. Chinese Herbal medicine is one of the oldest forms of health care known to mankind and uses the study of botany and use of plants and herbs to benefit a wide range of ailments of from supplementing diet to curing many illnesses. In Europe knights and soldiers brought back news of herbs from crusades in the 11th and 13th centuries, and started experimenting in their own countries with, for example, sage, lavender and rosemary. In the Middle Ages people protected themselves from infection by wearing bouquets. Perfumiers were thought to be immune from disease. Today we still use lavender, pine and sandalwood in our disinfectant cleaning products. In modern times many medicines are based on herbal remedies, including aspirin – in fact, at least 80% of medicines today have a direct correlation between modern and traditional medicine. Although with the discovery of germs, intervention became the main objective of western medicine. The discovery of Penicillin in 1928 meant that sometimes bigger problems like lifestyle, emotional and environmental factors were ignored. It wasn’t until 1975 that the first national Conference on Holistic Health took place in California, and the Holistic Medical Association was formed. Today we are lucky to have a better balance between modern and alternative medicines. Always tell your health care provider about any complementary medicine you choose to use, giving them the full picture to ensure safe care.

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History Focus Ablain St Nazaire II


INCE WRITING IN ISSUE NO. 83 about the Teddington connection with Ablain St Nazaire, several things have happened. Firstly the power of the internet connected me with Yves Durin, who is the archivist of the Ablain Local History Group, the AblainMemoire Association. He said that he had been unable to trace any reference of help from Teddington in his archive and requested further information. Secondly our requests to the Mayor of Ablain for any information had been passed to the President of the Ablain History Group and she was very interested in this story and wondered if we had any plans to visit Ablain. By coincidence my wife and I were actually due to see her sister and husband in the Dordogne. They already knew of our connection and were very keen to follow this up and visit Ablain. More correspondence followed and we were all invited to lunch with the President and her husband. Monique Huchette is the President of AlainMemoire Association and they have been very active in reviewing the history of Ablain during WW1 and recording as many oral interviews with older townsfolk as possible. Her husband, Claude, is the Honorary Leader of the Ablain Guides which provides guards of honour at the Cemetery of Notre Dame de Lorette. They usually supply ten guards per session morning and afternoon, every day of the week. The cemetery was the scene of fierce hand-to-hand fighting during the war and subsequently has become one of the biggest war cemeteries in France with forty thousand graves. The role of the Guides is largely that of an informative one, assisting visitors and relatives to find specific graves for tributes to be placed etc. Also within the cemetery is a new panoramic series of copper plates arranged in a circular design on which are engraved the names of every French, German, British and Commonwealth soldier who fell in the conflict in the Pas de Calais 20 | TW11 – November 2017

region. It was opened by Francois Hollande in 2016 and contains 585,000 – a most formidable record by any stretch of the imagination. We had previously sent out a list of questions relevant to our quest and fixed a date of the weekend of 15th-17th September. Back home in Great Britain, this is of course Open House weekend where many historic buildings are let open to the public for the only time of the year. To my surprise the French also celebrate their own Open House system and several historic buildings were open that weekend. We met Monique and Claude on the appointed day and they were joined by the Mayor of Ablain, Dominique, who was keen to meet us. He confirmed that no sooner had the town been rebuilt than WW11 commenced and although the town was not completely flattened as before, there was considerable damage and once again, all municipal records were destroyed. A thorough search of all remaining records has not borne fruit for our cause. Dominique was very sorry but could not offer us any alternative route for research. Unfortunately he was officiating at a town wedding later and had to leave but not before presenting us with a souvenir vase of the new cemetery. Over lunch Claude told us that a local historian had written a book on the restoration and rebuilding of the town but unfortunately he died in 2016. Even more unfortunately, nobody had Continues on page 22

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History Focus (continued) thought to obtain a copy of his book which must throw some light on the Teddington connection. Something to be left for another day. We then paid a visit to the ruins of the old church. It was a busy place with several parties exploring the remains. Whilst it is generally accepted that churches should be left alone in warfare, in this case it was not possible. As the church occupied a commanding position in the area, the German army fortified the church and used several buildings as an ammunition dump. This was not realised until the French retook the town, albeit temporarily. The Germans counter attacked and to prevent the Germans from occupying the church again, the French were forced to blow up the church and deny the Germans the former strategic positions. At the church, we met Yves Durin, the Ablain archivist, who confirmed to us that he had been unable to find any kind of connection that Teddington had made a formal or informal adoption of Ablain. This was not going to be as easy as I had hoped. We also met a young historian called Machin Patrice who had set himself an interesting research project. As you may imagine and as with nearly all ruins everywhere, the old church is covered in graffiti. Some of this is the usual mindless scrawl that one finds everywhere but some of the messages are more poignant and lasting. Machin has recorded all of the brief messages from soldiers who have left their names (sometimes rank and sometimes

regiments). Machin has then followed this by seeking the soldiers’ full military records and details of their families. He has now published this in a short booklet which is unique in picking the graffiti artists of the church, both French and German of the First World War. He has contacted the surviving families in as many cases as possible for permission to publish the comments found. In most cases he has been given the goahead but there are one or two entries he would have liked to have included but was unable to do so. Whilst it was very pleasant meeting our French counterparts and being shown over the scene of the heavy fighting that occurred during the war, it was nevertheless very frustrating to find that no record seems to exist in France of the efforts of Teddingtonians in about 1922 to offer some help to the people of Ablain in rebuilding their town. On our return to Britain, I looked again at the papers I had collected. The League of Help wound up for ‘unseemly financial dealings.’ That must have been a blow to Countess Bathurst and I wondered how she might have coped with this. I then found that her papers have been left to Leeds University and on looking at lists of the various documents concerned, there were copies of the first and second years accounts of the League of Help. Will this throw any light on the mysterious Teddington connection? Well I certainly hope so and will be pursuing this. To be continued (hopefully).

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Ken Howe is a historian and author of several local history books. Tel: 020 8943 1513

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