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Issue 84 – September 2017



In this issue Local Events Teddington 800 Where We Worshiped Children’s Activities Landmark Arts Centre Councillor’s Update

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Welcome to TW11


EPTEMBER can be viewed as a time of adjustment. A new season, a new school year, a new portrait shot of me, the latter being by far the most difficult to cope with from my perspective!

While I am a fan of a cup cake; particularly essential around deadline time, this month’s cover is not a wanton celebration of sugary delights, but actually denotes the time of year when we at TW11 mark our birthday. 7 years and 84 issues later, although a mere whippersnapper compared with big grown-up Teddington who is a grand 800 years old. See page 4 for a roundup of the celebrations happening this month. Our pages are bursting with activities this month, surely there is something for everyone. It’s time to get your diaries out and book up!

I hope you enjoy this issue of TW11 and look forward to seeing you again next month.

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EPTEMBER, ‘SEASON OF MISTS and mellow fruitfulness’ isn’t it - no, you’re should save the Keats for Octoberright, we have our poetry when we day. We might be half way through the festival, but Septemb 800 er is for me still of the year, even the start I left school, the though it’s a little while since new loose fitting uniforms everywhere, the in the tone of the change reappearance of light at dusk, the turnip in the superma - it’s almost poignant rket back at the summer and it makes me look and forward to equal measure winter in .






The 800 festival does much the month and it’s same a big busy calendar. this History month, It’s Local an opportunity to grips with how Teddington came really get to was before us and about, what why it’s so special now. It’s begins with a to history, artists we hold a blessingcelebration of the River as will exhibit alongside and picnic on the groups and schools, local and afternoon EASILY BOOK sharing their creativity of Sunday the 10th, morning TICKETS ONLINE Joe will give thanks WWW.TEDs, plus we’ll and where Vicar memorie DPARISH.E have a ‘spoken VENTBRITE for those who film over in history’ .COM river, the RNLI the church. use the might chuck someone £65 INDIVIDUA L TICKETS OR fish them out again in (and TABLES OF 8 Also on the 23rd Olympic Champio hopefully) and then an n rower Town Treasure the Rotary club will hold a will present medals to the winners hunt, with clues of shops and a prize in many of the money is on the a dragon boat race - my to be won and Guides, or maybe raising best of money all, The month ends it’s for with a huge, fancythe Scouts. website for how local charity RUILS - see the moment - the chance Cinderella to register. to go to the Teddington 800 And as if the 23rd Centre on Saturday Ball in The Landmark the 30th - (do Teddington Choral wasn’t packed enough, you’re intereste Society are holding d, as I write there hurry if 800 ‘Come and an tickets left). are only 8 Sing’ workshop church too. at the Baptist And in between as always, there On the evening educate and entertain is lots to before that, Friday Newland House . school are kindly 22nd a charity town If you’ve always quiz, so if you’re hosting wondered about competitive and feeling story of Teddingto the back tickets are on ourclever come along – again, boards, expertly n, come and see our history written by the after, St Mary’s website. On the evening Society. You can Teddington church is holding ‘800 catch Praise’ service Song of Bushy House Open it either at the NPL – don’t worry, we won’t sing 800 of them but big Landmark Arts Day on the 17th or at our Centre display the local churchesthe top 10 as voted for by all of Teddington’ . from Sept 23rd. ‘Visions In addition Fiverfest is even 4 | TW11 – September going 800 this 2017 September

Contents Welcome – Page 1 Events Calendar – Page 2 Teddington 800 – Page 4 Events Listing– Pages 6, 8, 12 & 14 Children’s Activities – Pages 16 & 18 Complementary Therapies – Conception to Post-Natal – Page 20


Where we Worshipped – Pages 22 & 24

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Councillor’s Update – Page 26

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Events Calendar September 2017 Monday
















Concert see p6 Vintage Sale see p6





Boo e p28

15th se k Club


Farmers’ Market Launches see p6

River Blessing see p4

17th Open House London see p8 Under Milk Wood – see 8

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Tedd WI see p6


Fiverfest Kindertransport see p28 Fortnight Starts see p4 In London With Art see p28


19th Film Society see p8 BYOB Comedy see p28



22nd Charity Quiz see p4 Charity Golf see p12

ng Open Morni see p8

Under Milk Wood see p8

Tea Garden see p12

Kindertransport see p6





Come and Sing 23rdsee p4 Treasure Hunt see p4 Men’s Singing see p28 The Acoustic Stawbs see p28

800 Songs of Praise see p4 Picnic see p12

Visions of Teddington see p28


30th 800 Ball see p4

Visions of Teddington see p28 Until 4th Oct Magnificent Music Hall see p12

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EPTEMBER, ‘SEASON OF MISTS and mellow fruitfulness’ isn’t it - no, you’re right, we should save the Keats for October when we have our poetry day. We might be half way through the 800 festival, but September is for me still the start of the year, even though it’s a little while since I left school, the new loose fitting uniforms everywhere, the change in the tone of the light at dusk, the reappearance of turnip in the supermarket - it’s almost poignant and it makes me look back at the summer and forward to winter in equal measure.



The 800 festival does much the same this month and it’s a big busy calendar. It’s Local History month, an opportunity to really get to grips with how Teddington came about, what was before us and why it’s so special now. It begins with a celebration of the River as we hold a blessing and picnic on the morning and afternoon of Sunday the 10th, where Vicar Joe will give thanks for those who use the river, the RNLI might chuck someone in (and fish them out again hopefully) and then an Olympic Champion rower will present medals to the winners of a dragon boat race - my money is on the Guides, or maybe the Scouts. The month ends with a huge, fancy Cinderella moment - the chance to go to the Teddington 800 Ball at The Landmark Centre on Saturday the 30th - (do hurry if you’re interested, as I write there are only 8 tickets left). And in between as always, there is lots to educate and entertain. If you’ve always wondered about the back story of Teddington, come and see our history boards, expertly written by the Teddington Society. You can catch it either at the NPL Bushy House Open Day on the 17th or at our big Landmark Arts Centre display ‘Visions of Teddington’ from Sept 23rd. In addition to history, artists will exhibit alongside local groups and schools, sharing their creativity and 4 | TW11 – September 2017

memories, plus we’ll have a ‘spoken history’ film over in the church. EASILY BOOK TICKETS ONLINE

WWW.TEDDPARISH.EVENTBRITE.COM Also on the 23rd the Rotary club will hold a Town Treasure TICKETS hunt, with clues OF in 8many of the £65 INDIVIDUAL OR TABLES shops and a prize to be won and best of all, it’s raising money for local charity RUILS - see the website for how to register.

And as if the 23rd wasn’t packed enough, Teddington Choral Society are holding an 800 ‘Come and Sing’ workshop at the Baptist church too. On the evening before that, Friday 22nd, Newland House school are kindly hosting a charity town quiz. So if you’re feeling competitive and clever come along – again, tickets are on our website. On the evening after, St Mary’s church is holding ‘800 Song of Praise’ service – don’t worry, we won’t sing 800 of them but the top 10 as voted for by all the local churches. Fiverfest is even going 800 this September too – so look out for wonderful offers on our brilliant independent high street.

If you’re not completely exhausted by September, then do have a squint at October and November too - there’s a lecture, a poetry day, a concert, a play and a finale. Like I said, it’s the start of the year really, and we’re going to be starting on a high. We couldn’t have managed to do any of this of course without the support of all these wonderful organisations - so thanks to them and especially also to our the sponsoring organisations: HLF, Milestone Residential, Cooperative FuneralCare, Quantum Group, The Pram Race, The Boathouse Design Studio, Aspen Financial and Heirloom - you’re all very generous. Anne McTeer or @Teddington800 on Facbook TeddParish800

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Local Events Dates For Your Diary Saturday, 9th September, Doors 6.45pm, Show 7.30pm Richmond Symphonic Concert Band Featuring music from evergreen shows such as My Fair Lady and Les Miserables, also tunes from the silver screen. All proceeds go to the Down’s Syndrome Association. Tickets: £10 adults, £8 conc and group bookings of 4 are £30. Please book online at or call on 0333 1212 300 (Mon to Fri 9-5). Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park, Teddington, TW11 9PS

Saturday 9th September, 10.30am - 12.30 pm What Grandma Wore Vintage Clothes Sale A sale of wonderful vintage clothes, all in excellent condition. All proceeds of the sale go to St Mark’s Church. Tea, coffee and cake, parking on site. St Mark’s Church Hall, St Mark’s Road, Teddington, TW11 9DE Enquiries to

Launches Sunday 10th September, 10am – 2pm Teddington Farmers’ Market The market will host 25 different food stalls each week, offering a wide variety of ingredients from farmers, fishermen, plant growers, bakers, cheese makers and more, with a wide range of food producers. The organisers welcome local charities and voluntary groups to attend the market on occasion to showcase their 6 | TW11 – September 2017

work. Every Sunday, guests can browse the market and meet the farmers and producers themselves, to learn about the entire process behind the products. Teddington Farmers’ Market launches with a competition to win £40 of farmers’ market vouchers to spend at the market. Turing House School, Queens Road, TW11 OLR

Wednesday 13th September, 8pm Teddington WI Fashion/Styling Constitutional Club, 5 Stanley Rd, TW11

Sat 16th – Sat 23rd September, 7.45pm except for Sunday 3pm • No performance on Wednesday

Kindertransport On the brink of World War II, nineyear-old Eva is sent to Britain for refuge from Nazi Europe, with little more than a suitcase and an identity label, one of 10,000 children evacuated in a rescue mission called the Kindertransport. Eva is taken in and raised by a well-meaning English woman. Torn between her German heritage and her need to wipe the Kindertransport experience from her memory, Eva eventually learns to adapt to her new life and identity. A moving and thought-provoking play about mothers, daughters and the powerful need for reconciliation. Kindertransport tells a captivating story of survival and building a new life, and which strikingly resonates with current events facing the world today. By Diane Samuels, Continues on page 8

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Local Events Directed by Michelle Hood Telephone bookings open on 4th September: Call the box office, 10am – 7pm only please, on 020 8744 0547. The Mary Wallace Theatre, The Embankment, Twickenham, TW1 3DU

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Sunday 17th – Saturday 23rd September Sunday 6pm, weekdays 7.45pm

Under Milk Wood Sunday 17th September, 10am – 5pm Bushy House and Gardens Open House Open to the general public as part of Open House London weekend. Bushy House was built for Edward Proger in the 1660s and was the residence of William, Duke of Clarence (later William IV) and his mistress Dora Jordan. It has been part of the NPL since 1900. Partial access to the ground floor of Bushy House will include historic photos and displays. There will also be access to the gardens, which includes the temple, Newton’s apple tree and refreshments will be available for purchase in the Orangery. Access to Bushy House via the Queens Road Gate, TW11 0EB (public parking on Dora Jordan Road and Clapperstile car park); and pedestrian access via Canon Road Gate, Bushy Park. Free entry.

Sunday 17th September 12-4pm Normansfield Theatre Open House This annual event opens the doors to hundreds of buildings around London. There will be three guided tours of the building. A free trail leaflet is available for children to discover the many fascinating objects around the building. A coffee shop and book shop will be open and visitors will be able to view the new theatre scenery photographic catalogue. Tours: 12.30, 1.30 and 2.30pm. 8 | TW11 – September 2017

The majestic play for voices by Dylan Thomas comes to life. Never has a story where nothing happens been so beautifully told. Under Milk Wood is perhaps Dylan Thomas’ best known work, made famous in the early 50s as a radio play featuring Richard Burton. Full of evocative language and cleverly conjured characters, we are immersed in a night and day of Llareggub life where dreams and reality intertwine and the pasts, presents and futures of the townsfolk come out to play. Ticket prices: £10 & £14. Box Office: Tel: 0845 838 7529 (10am – 8pm) Online: Coward Studio, Hampton Hill Theatre

Tuesday 19th September, 8pm Richmond Film Society Julieta (Spain) - Director Pedro Almodóvar Films are shown in The Pete Postlethwaite Picture House (Room G5), at St Mary’s University in Waldegrave Rd, TW1 4SX. Membership for 15 film season £60. Tickets on the door £6. Telephone 020 8893 3503, uk, email, facebook. com/RichmondFilmSociety

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Local Events old and will hold open for a cup of tea and slice of cake between 10am and 2pm and will have a Funeral Director, Rev Joe Moffatt, Rebecca LeeWale Celebrant and the Bricklayers Arms in the branch to talk on any issues or questions the community may have. 25 Broad Street, Teddington TW11 8QZ

Friday 22nd September, 8am-4pm Crossway’s Golf Tournament Calling golfing fanatics of all abilities and ages to participate in a charity golf tournament. All money raised will go towards the Crossway Pregnancy Crisis Centre and will provide support for those who are facing unplanned pregnancies and pregnancy loss. We also provide schools work in the local community where a team of educators currently deliver sex and relationship lessons to schools. Captain and Crew Foursome, 18 Holes Breakfast 8am, Tee-off at 9am, lunch, prizes and raffle. Fees: £60 pp, £120 pair, £240 Team of 4. To register contact: fay.hamilton@ Tel: 020 8892 8483 Strawberry Hill Golf Course

Friday 22nd September, 2pm – 4.30pm Strawberry Hill Tea Garden Alan Titchmarsh will open the newly redeveloped Woodland Walk and for a short stroll through their enchanting garden, recently restored to its 18th Century heyday. With music from Manontroppo Clarinet Quartet, followed by an 18th century-style Tea Garden. Fortnum & Mason are partnering. Tickets are £50 and include an afternoon with Alan Titchmarsh, Fortnum & Mason Royal Blend Tea, finger sandwiches, cakes, sparkling wine and 12 | TW11 – September 2017

Fortnum’s gift bag. Raising much needed funds for the ongoing care and maintenance of the House & Garden.

Sunday 24th September, 11am – 3pm Horace Walpole’s Grand Birthday Picnic Supporters of Strawberry Hill are invited to celebrate its tercentenary and join them for a ‘Grand’ birthday picnic in the beautiful garden Horace created. Bring your hamper and blanket and enjoy performances by community musicians and a cake and bake stall selling tasty creations by Strawberry Hill’s volunteers and friends. There will also be crafts, face painting, a bouncy castle and a BBQ. Mini bakers are also invited to celebrate Horace Walpole’s big 300th birthday and create him an amazing birthday cupcake! There will be a prize for the best birthday cupcake. Admission is free but donations are welcomed. Suitable for all ages.

Saturday 30th September, 7.30pm The Magnificent Music Hall Back by popular demand with a new show from The Paper Moon Theatre with a few surprises. You are invited on a journey down memory lane to the glorious and glamorous heyday of the great ‘British Music Hall’ a truly golden era. Helming this splendid afternoon of rich entertainment of song dance, magic & laughter will be your eloquent & elegantly waistcoated Chairman complete with gavel and sharp wit together with an ‘august’ line up of artistes who have all appeared on BBC TV’S The Good Continues on page 14







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Local Events Old Days. Tickets: £18 and £16 concessions. Book online at or call on 0333 1212 300 (Mon to Fri 9-5). Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park, Teddington, TW11 9PS

Saturday 7th October, 5pm-7.30pm Swimathon Calling swimmers of all abilities and ages to participate at a charity swimathon. The challenge is to find out how far you can swim down the River Thames (in your local pool). Pinpoint it on a large map of the River Thames afterwards. Swim from Teddington to Twickenham (1.5 miles) or Kingston to Twickenham (4 miles). Swimmers will raise money for Crossway Pregnancy Crisis Centre and can opt to swim for one or two hours. Every penny raised will go to ensure people can find and receive help at a time when they are very vulnerable.

Entry Fees: £10 per adult / £5 per child includes: Free T-shirt, barbecue and drinks. To register contact fay.hamilton@ Tel: 020 8892 8483 Hampton Open Air Pool

Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th October, 10am – 6pm Teddington Artists Art Fair The thirteen diverse and talented members of the Teddington Artists group will be joined by five guest artists. The Art Fair who will be showing paintings, prints, sculpture, textile art and objets trouvés. Normansfield Theatre, 25 Langdon Park, TW11 9PS








New Nursery at Newland House


EWLAND HOUSE IS BUILDING on the success of the recent completion of the new Pre-Prep school with the announcement of the opening of a new nursery school this September. The nursery will provide a seamless, natural entry point for children prior to starting at the Pre-Prep and Prep School. Based within their former Pre-Prep premises on Waldegrave Park, the nursery is conveniently located to benefit from the existing educational facilities and offers an enviable outdoor learning environment. Since they moved their Pre-prep to the new site immediately adjacent to the Prep school, the old site has been subject to a large amount of interest both from other educational establishments and developers, and the school has carefully considered the various options and 14 | TW11 – September 2017


offers presented. However, in response to growing demand and to provide more convenience for existing families at the school, they decided the site was best suited to a nursery. The building was subject to complete refurbishment only a few years ago and is now appropriately adapted to provide spacious and stimulating classrooms offering direct outdoor access. The new nursery is a term-time nursery school, open five days per week to complement the PrePrep and Prep school day for children aged 3 to 4 years. Children join the nursery in the September following their third birthday which is the year prior to joining Reception. Find out more from admissions@newlandhouse. net,, Telephone: 020 8865 1305

Newland House School Independent Preparatory Day & Nursery School for Girls and Boys from 3 to 13 years

New Nursery Opens September 2017 • New term-time nursery for girls and boys aged 3 to 4 • Year 3 2018 entry via 7+ Assessment • Register for Reception entry up to 2022 eouse.n et Ne

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Welcome Mornings • 22 September • 3 November • 1 December Call to book your place or to make an individual appointment to see the school t: 020 8865 1305 e: 28 - 36 WALDEGRAVE PARK TWICKENHAM TW1 4TQ

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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 16 | TW11 – September 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.

Kids’ ART Club

Saturday 16th Sept, 10am - 12pm, 5 -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. Limited places, so early booking essential. £13 per child inc. mats. Contact: 020 8977 7558 or

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. Continues on page 18

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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

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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RE-CONCEPTION, DURING PREGNANCY and the post-natal period are all excellent opportunities to start using complementary therapies, particularly as these are times when most drugs are not recommended. There is plenty of scientific evidence to support this, and the therapies can be very useful to use alongside conventional care, not least because they are all very relaxing. The ability to relax is very important for any pregnancy and has positive results for both mother and baby, increasing the chances of a healthy birth experience. It is very important to find a qualified therapist who is aware of the specific implications of pregnancy. ACUPUNCTURE FOR FERTILITY There is growing evidence that acupuncture can greatly increase a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant. Over the past twenty years, fertility problems have increased dramatically. At least 25% of couples in the UK planning a baby will have trouble conceiving, and more and more couples are turning to fertility treatments to help them start a family. Fertility-focused acupuncture treatment can help to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, balance hormone levels, regulate the menstrual cycle and help improve the lining of the uterus and quality of eggs released. Men today also face fertility problems. Benefits to male fertility have been helped by acupuncture with positive effects on sperm count. The acupuncture treatment can help promote a calm, positive, relaxed frame of mind which can bring a more successful outcome for conception. ACUPUNCTURE IN PREGNANCY Studies have detailed the usefulness of acupuncture for relieving morning sickness and it can be used from as early as six weeks. It is also helpful for hormonal balance, energy levels and encouraging better sleep patterns. 20 | TW11 – September 2017

Acupuncture treatments from 36 weeks onwards may help to promote a natural labour and reduce the necessity for medical induction. Some clinical studies have shown that acupuncture helps to improve the position of the foetus and turn a breech baby. PREGNANCY MASSAGE Research shows that massage is an effective form of pain relief and some women find it very helpful during labour. Specific pregnancy massage can also help to ease discomforts such as backache, headache and constipation, as well as relieving anxiety and promoting wellbeing. Avoid deep, kneading massage in pregnancy. OSTEOPATHY FOR PREGNANCY AND POST-NATAL CARE This gently balances the body and posture as the baby grows, helping prepare for a gentle labour. It is especially beneficial for relieving pain or discomfort in hips, ribs and pelvis. Cranial osteopathy can support both mother and new baby, assisting with sleep patterns and symptoms of colic or problems feeding. It can also help the mother’s body adjust to the weight of her baby, can relieve breathing difficulties and encourage the baby into a good position. Cranial osteopathy is recommended during pregnancy, as it is extremely gentle. REFLEXOLOGY FOR PREGNANCY Generally, any treatment should not commence until after the 1st trimester when the new life is well established in the womb. REFLEXOLOGY FOR FERTILITY Some points on the foot are associated with a woman’s egg production and, by manipulating these areas, reflexologists claim they can correct


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the imbalances which can hamper pregnancy. The term infertility is used if conception hasn’t occurred naturally after 12 months of trying for a baby. Fertility Reflexology promotes balance and encourages your body’s system to function efficiently. REFLEXOLOGY FOR LABOUR The key hormone for the onset and development of labour is oxytocin. The first secretion comes from the baby’s pituitary gland and when this crosses the placenta it activates the mother’s pituitary to respond by producing more. The mother’s oxytocin then progresses contractions and labour. Reflexology during this phase can help to maintain the mother’s secretions and so allow labour to progress naturally and without chemical or physical intervention. Treatments to help facilitate labour are recommended from the 38th week onwards. Louise Green at Vidatherapy Spa, 6 Church Road, TW11 8PB

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N COMMON WITH MOST OF ENGLAND, since the days of the English Reformation, the predominant religion in Teddington was that of the Church of England. Pre-Conquest, Teddington was a berewick (an outlying estate) of Staines and was included in Edward the Confessor’s grant of 1065 to Westminster Abbey. What had happened before then is open to debate but it is fairly certain that when the monks of Westminster were in control, some kind of chapel, if not already in existence, would have been established. Teddington had been a chapelry of Staines but by the end of the Middle Ages, it had become independent. As we know from Teddington 800, in 1217 the Bishop of London asked the Abbot of Westminster ‘to present a suitable chaplain, with maintenance, for Tudinton’ and this marked the beginning of the Parish of Teddington at St Mary’s Church. This arrangement seems to have worked well until Henry VIII declared himself head of the Church of England and the Roman Catholic faith lost its predominant status. Ownership of the Manor of Teddington passed from Westminster Abbey to Henry VIII in 1536 in exchange for Hurley Priory and after this date, the clergy were appointed by the Bishop of London, a practice that remains to this day. St Mary’s produced some remarkable clergymen in its time; Robert Fern or Feron who in 1535 was convicted of high treason and then probably turned King’s evidence and was pardoned; Ephraim Udall in 1615 who was a Puritan, Thomas Gouge (1637-8) a Non-conformist and Matthew Randal who was suspended by Archbishop Laud in 1634 for preaching a sermon over 1 hour long. Thomas Treherne also preached here although he was the chaplain to Sir Orlando Bridgeman and not the parish. Then there was Rev Dr Stephen Hales, our most famous vicar/scientist. He was followed about 100 years later by Daniel Trinder who was too ‘progressive’ for his own good. He had the old pews taken down, introduced ‘Hymns

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Ancient and Modern’ and preached in a surplice, all of which led to accusations of Popery. It was rumoured that children threw mud at his back when he walked down the High Street. His ministry ran from 1857 to 1878 and before it had ended a group of parishioners had broken away in 1864 to follow the historic ‘low-church’ and Protestant position of the Church of England. They originally set up their premises in an iron building in Church Road (from where the road takes its name). In 1869 it moved to the newly built church in Station Road. Unfortunately the structure has now been declared unsafe and the shell of the building has been sold for domestic accommodation with all Church services being held in the Meeting Hall. One of the most important events in Teddington history was the arrival of the London & South Western Railway and very soon it became clear that some provision needed to be made for the people moving into West Teddington. Accordingly in 1865, a ‘chapel of ease’ – SS Peter and Paul - was built and opened in the Broad Street. This did provide some ease on St Mary’s and it became a parish church in its own right in 1880. The expansion of Teddington continued to the west and in 1913 the parish of St Michael and St George was created at Fulwell. Both churches have had mixed futures. SS Peter and Paul was knocked down in 1979 and moved over the road to be rebuilt on the site of the old Public School. SS Michael and George closed in the late 1990s and the parish was combined with SS Peter and Paul. However this was not the end of the story and in 2014, the old church was reopened as St Michael’s. St Mary’s parish church in 1884 saw the arrival of Rev Francis Leith Boyd, a young priest with high ambitions. He saw how the coming of the railway in 1863 had increased the population from 1,200 to 6,500 in a matter of 25 years. His church was now full to bursting and it was plain to see that a simple extension would not serve the purpose. Continues on page 24


History Focus Boyd therefore sought the support of some of the most influential parishioners and announced his plans to build a new church – ‘the cathedral of the Thames Valley.’ William Niven was persuaded to draw up the plans and the fund-raising began in earnest. The plans were for a ‘French style’ cathedral with work soon starting, it was opened prior to its completion in 1889 when St Mary’s closed as the parish church. John Wesley is known to have preached a sermon at Teddington in 1753 and the Methodists have always had a presence in the town since that time. The first Methodist Church was in Craig Hall, Clarence Road. This was built in 1859 and served the community well until its resources

were outgrown and the church moved to a new building in Stanley Road in 1879. All went well until a flying bomb demolished the church in 1944. It was rebuilt in 1952 and still flourishes. Following the Methodists came the Baptists. Their beginning was in rented rooms over a parade of shops on Bridge Approach (now part of British Marine Technology) in 1877. In 1879 they moved to a larger room over the London & Provincial Bank (now Barclays Bank) and the following year they moved into Craig Hall which had recently become empty. They stayed here only a short time until they purchased a site at the junction of Walpole Crescent and Church Road and erected the ‘Tin Tabernacle.’ Further growth in the congregation persuaded the Church to build a permanent building which they did and the new Church opened on 23 January 1895. The Second World War interrupted things and a bombing raid 24 | TW11 – September 2017

in 1940 destroyed the 1895 building. Once again the Church was re-built, reopened in 1956 and is still functioning strongly today. In the late 18th Century, the oldest Teddington industry of linen bleaching was being carried out by John Goodchild in Broom Road, all along the sites of the old film studios, the Lensbury Club and Teddington School. A few Catholic families were involved with these processes. Consequently a temporary Roman Catholic chapel was opened in Hampton Wick in 1882. This moved into Fairfax Road in 1884 with the ground floor operating as a school and the upper floor as a chapel. The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was then built on the Kingston Road and this opened on 1st January 1893, the old church remaining as the school and parish hall. The London City Mission set up in 1835 to minister to the poor and destitute, found its way into Teddington and had established a Mission Hall in Park Street by 1894. It shut up shop in 1919 stating that the population was not the type


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of people that the Mission had set out to minister. Last but not least we must not forget the Salvation Army who has quietly gone about their worthy work from their Hall in Church Road for over 100 years. Time has moved on. Craig Hall was sold by the Council and is now two private dwellings. St Alban’s is no longer the Parish Church – this has reverted to St Mary’s. Happily all churches are still open to their congregations and providing the spiritual support for which they were established. NOTE I have referred to many church guides in compiling this article.

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Teddington Update WALK IN CENTRE In April the popular walk in centre at Teddington Hospital provided by the Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust (HRCHT) was complemented by a GP hub offering appointments 8am to 8pm. 7 days a week. However national NHS policy recommends a move away from walk in centres and it has emerged that alternatives are to be considered by the Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group who commission the service from HRCHT. Our MP has written to the Secretary of State expressing support for the current provision and local disquiet at the prospect of the service being significantly altered. POLICE STATION As part of the Metropolitan Police’s programme of cuts it is proposed to close the volunteer-run front desk at Teddington Police Station in November. The Borough Commander has announced that the Police Station itself will close and be sold at some future date. The plan is to have hubs in each ward for the Safer Neighbourhood teams though the detail of this is awaited. Other police who presently work at the station will presumably be housed in office space elsewhere. Clearly it is imperative that these changes do not reduce police effectiveness.

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The 1960s Police Station building has few admirers and seems likely to be replaced by a new building compatible with the Park Road Conservation Area. The boundary walls are protected as Buildings of Townscape Merit and the open triangular green space at the Park Road/Park Lane junction is protected as Other Open Land of Townscape Importance. It contains, inter alia, a pear tree and an apple tree, old but still bearing fruit, and it would be good if any new scheme involved planting more fruit trees. As for the new use of the main site an alternative community or social use would conform with Council policy, though the police will no doubt be looking to maximise the sale price. STATION LIFTS Network Rail are continuing to make heavy weather of providing the promised lifts at the footbridge at Teddington Station with the timetable slipping to ‘no later than’ March 2020. On the Station Road side two options are being considered, one involving private land, the other the footway. LAST MONTH IN THE GARDEN It is a particular pleasure when a new plant spontaneously appears in the garden and flourishes. This happened in my back garden when a little plant with three lobed leaves appeared and turned out to be Geranium nodosum or knotted cranesbill. This comes from Southern Europe and is tolerant of dry semi-shade. As the photo shows it mixes happily with wild strawberries and other geraniums. Martin Elengorn is a long term local resident and Councillor for Teddington Ward

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