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Issue 52 – December 2016 In this issue



Perfecting Christmas Festive Foodie Presents Local Events Festive Cocktails Children’s Activities Councillor’s Update Strawberry Hill House

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Festive Foodie

This month

ECEMBER has arrived so we are officially allowed to unpack the festive spirit that has been gathering dusk in the attic since last year. Spontaneously breaking into carols and wearing loud Christmas jumpers is now to be encouraged.

Gifts to Surprise



Your Friends

S CHRISTMAS HURTLES us again, the present RELENTLESSLY towards panic sets in: what get the selective to sister-in-law and neighbour? Not the niggling to worry, we’ve done the hard work for you… Here drink ideas packed are four original food and with fabulous flavours stories that will and keep the Christmas table. conversations bubbling over

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Our top tip: Add this lift Middle Eastern juicy flavour bomb to dishes from tabboule tagines and squeeze hs to into to marinad es and salad

Our pages reflect the season this month, with plenty of tips and tricks to help your holidays go smoothly. We’ve got festive foodie tips on page 4, table decorations on page 12 and cocktails for those who like an extra special snifter at Christmas, see page 18. For those who are looking for an alternative festive experience, Amanda Steel gives us some tips, see page 6.

dressings to make the mundane magical. (Available from ottoleng gourmet food shops), Amazon and

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If you’ve tried flowerin g tea before you’ll it’s a journey of know the senses: from the unfurling flower to the divine scent artfully of the tea and

Contents Welcome – Page 1 Notice Board – Page 2 Festive Foodie Presents – Pages 4 & 5

I hope you have a lovely time this Christmas and wish you great fortune and joy for 2017. I look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.

Perfecting Christmas – Pages 6 & 7 Local Events – Pages 8 &10


The Top Table for Christmas – Page 12 Children’s Activities – Pages 14 & 16

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Children’s Puzzle – Page 15 Festive Cocktails – Page 18

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Saturday 17th December, 7.30pm

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At St Mary’s Church, Twickenham. A traditional Christmas Concert with the opportunity to participate in singing favourite carols. With Camilli String Quartet, who will be accompanying the choir in some extracts from Handel’s Messiah, together with some well-known carol settings, and some of the best of contemporary compositions. Add to this a lively wassail and a performance from the handbell team and this becomes an entertaining and festive evening!

Tickets £15, Under 16s free. From Hillsound Musical Instruments,

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An old fashioned modern pantomime for children of all ages…

Cheer poor Cinders, boo the Ugly Sisters and hiss the Wicked Step Mother as we re-imagine the best known rags-to-riches story ever told. Everything you’d expect in a traditional pantomime including oodles of bad jokes, loads of audience participation and surprises! Saturday 3rd – Saturday 10th December (No performance on Monday 5th) Times: Saturday & Sunday 2.30pm & 6.30pm Weekdays 7.30pm Child - £9, Members £13 Non-Members £15, Family tickets £35 (2 adults / 2 children, or 1 adult / 3 children) Box office: Telephone: 0845 838 7529 (10am – 8pm) Online: Main auditorium of Hampton Hill Theatre

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Festive Foodie Presents Gifts to Surprise Your Friends


S CHRISTMAS HURTLES RELENTLESSLY towards us again, the present panic sets in: what to get the selective sister-in-law and the niggling neighbour? Not to worry, we’ve done the hard work for you… Here are four original food and drink ideas packed with fabulous flavours and stories that will keep conversations bubbling over the Christmas table. TOKEN GIFTS THAT WON’T BREAK THE BANK (£5) BLACK GARLIC The chef’s new secret ingredient. It’s been hiding away in gastropubs and fancy restaurants but now you can buy it too. Caramelised, sweet and marvellously mellow - both sweet and savoury. Garlic - the humblest of kitchen ingredients is heated gently for a good while to become extraordinary. It’s an incredibly versatile ingredient. Use it as a rub for meats and fish, in marinades or as a flavour enhancer to sauces. Our top tip: Slice black garlic cloves and dig them into a whole camembert with some rosemary sprigs. Sprinkle with olive oil and bake for 20 minutes on an oven tray (removing any plastic but keeping any rustic casing). Serve immediately with toasted ciabatta fingers and dip away for a super easy social winter starter dish. Dreamy. (Available on Amazon and in deli / gourmet shops) POMEGRANATE MOLASSES For the foodie friend who loves cook books and Ottolenghi. A bottle of pomegranate molasses - the new balsamic vinegar - is a guaranteed attention grabber. Made by reducing pomegranate juice, it’s another secret weapon in the London chef’s arsenal. Pomegranate molasses bring the sweetness of a syrup with a touch of lemony sharpness.

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Our top tip: Add this juicy flavour bomb to lift Middle Eastern dishes from tabboulehs to tagines and squeeze into to marinades and salad dressings to make the mundane magical. (Available from, Amazon and gourmet food shops) FOR THE REFINED FRIEND (£15 – £25) THE MODERN GENTLEMAN’S GIN Port is the traditional gift but what your discerning drinking friend really wants this Christmas is gin. Gin is back in vogue. Rising from the ashes of the dark smoky old gentleman’s clubs and dingy pubs to soar above as the tipple of choice for London hipsters in buzzing cocktail bars. With so much choice now, it’s hard to decide but one thing’s certain – you need to step away from the Gordons and jump on the hipster bandwagon. We love a good story so we’re rooting for the comeback king. Boodles Gin - named after Boodles the gentleman’s private members club - is rumoured to have been Churchill’s favourite tipple. It’s always been made in England but was sold to an international company that only distributed it in the USA and Japan. A couple of years ago they saw the error in their ways, re-introduced Boodles to the UK and we fell in love. London dry gins have come to define the British style but this is more of a smooth sip with sage and rosemary in its botanicals and no citrus. This is a refined gin for a modern man. Our top tip: Gin loves tonic but it loves cucumber more. Pour over ice and lime and top up with the newcomer mixer Qcumber (available from Ocado) for a refreshing apero. (Available from Sainsbury’s and wine merchants)

FLOWERING TEA If you’ve tried flowering tea before you’ll know it’s a journey of the senses: from the artfully unfurling flower to the divine scent of the tea and the delicate, comforting hot drink. Caffeine free, beautiful and fragrant, it’s a welcome change from the standard coffee, tea and biscuits Christmas gift. Better still buy it for yourself and serve it at the end of your Christmas get together. We’re crazy about Dragon’s Den winners Flora Tea - from the moment you see the box it will make you smile. The box blossoms in a colourful show of origami-like folds, just as the tea flower does in hot water. Each box contains six tea flowers, individually wrapped in little foil blankets. Each tea flower has its own look and flavour. Our top tip: Pour hot water onto the tea flower in

a heatproof glass in front of your guests and listen to the aah’s and ooh’s as the flower blossoms. Indoor fireworks with a lot less noise. This is not your standard builders brew so let the boiled water sit a while before pouring for a better flavour. After drinking, rinse the tea flower carefully in cold water, pop into a small glass and then re-cover it in plain cold water. It’ll keep as a pretty table decoration for up to a week. You can get three brews out of each flower. Don’t tell your guests or they may never leave… (Available at or Amazon) Local Sophie Edginton is founder of – packed with recipes, tips and dinner kits.

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Perfecting Christmas


E LOOK FORWARD TO CHRISTMAS for what seems like months in advance, giving ourselves every opportunity to get the details just right. But in amongst the festive cheer, a sense of dread can begin to creep in as the pressure mounts to have the perfect Christmas. So why are the Christmas holidays so fraught with challenge? Firstly, timing plays its part. Falling so close to the winter solstice, at the deepest, darkest point of the season, pre-Christian Pagans traditionally held midwinter celebrations to combat the prevalent sense of cold, darkness and hunger. While that feeling has been abated somewhat by modern living standards, many of us feel a sense of being lacklustre if not depressed at this time of year. We can sometimes have expectations that the magic of Christmas can and must lift us out of this seasonal funk. Then just like Ebenezer Scrooge we have the ghost of Christmas past to contend with. We can fall foul of approaching the festive season from the perspective we did when we were children. When we were young the entirety of Christmas was geared up to deliver the most special of times. Perhaps the mistake we make is expecting to repeat this as adults. We want treats galore, self-indulgence, luxuriousness, to allow ourselves constant instant gratification. We can live an adult life with much discipline and order for the rest of the year, yet come Christmas all bets are off and the temptation is to become a toddler overnight. And anyone who knows toddlers will recognise their wilfulness when it comes to getting things their own way. Next we are exposed to the inherent dangers of spending time with family members for extended periods. Personalities will inevitably clash, likes and dislikes born as far back as childhood are in danger of bubbling to the surface. Tolerance of annoying habits can snap into heated interactions that are regretted later. Lastly there is the pressure of inviting people, who 6 | TW MAG – December 2016

may have a penchant for criticism or at best have a lack of diplomacy into our homes. Or the flip side of this coin, being invited to someone else’s home and feeling challenged while out of our comfort zone. Being mindful about these pitfalls will get you off to a good start to combating their effects. By making a conscious effort to navigate through the minefield a different experience can be had. While we can’t change what other people do (as tempting as it is to try), the real work can be done when we remember we are the masters of our own experience. It’s important to understand that where ever you make an effort to stay connected to your feelings and listening to your internal dialogue you have the opportunity to change that experience. We all have a host of negative emotions and thoughts available to dip into at any time. But we also have an innate ability to pull on positive thoughts and feelings to help balance out that negative. Most of us will be familiar with the experience of being around people who seem to ‘drain our energy’. Having a willingness to admit that we have a huge input into our own energy levels is a good start. Looking at what we are focusing on and how are we talking to ourselves will make space for healthier input. If we could review every thought and feeling we had in a day, it is likely we’d be horrified by the harshness and lack of compassion we extend to ourselves and this is reflected in how we relate to others. Making small wins is the key. When we remember to keep our positive re-enforcement tool to hand an ability to chip away at habitual thinking delivers significant change. Instead of resenting having our buttons pushed, a certain enjoyment can be had in using these buttons as a means to learn about ourselves, to question where the beliefs come from and ask if they are really valid.


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We can start to work on accepting the feeling or thought, and ask if it is helping us to continue to feed it. There will inevitably be a pull to add more fuel to the fire, but here is where the change occurs. If we can pull our attention to choosing to let the criticism go, let the thoughts that are causing us to be upset go, we will open up a different dynamic. If we hear that internal voice criticise that you shouldn’t be upset in the first place, we have the opportunity to tell it to stop. The pressure of expectation and the stress we put upon ourselves to have the perfect Christmas can be immense. Most people will be struggling with similar problems at one point or another, so remember it is okay to be human. As they say in Alcoholics Anonymous, ‘It works if you work it’, meaning the more focus and practise you give to something the better the results. The more often we remember to ask ourselves how we are feeling or check in with what we are thinking the more clear our internal landscape becomes.

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Don’t be disheartened if you find yourself getting lost in the moment and falling into old patterns. The more you practise introspection and self awareness the more easily it will come. Like a muscle you build at the gym, self-reflection needs to be developed. But just as a fit and healthy body gives pleasure, so too does a fit and healthy mental and emotional state. Perhaps Christmas after Christmas you have been travelling down the same path repeating old habits. By making different choices as to how to deal with those patterns, a different direction can be taken where new and rewarding ground can be gained. Christmas is the ideal opportunity to meet the challenge from a different perspective and come out the other side more in-touch and informed about ourselves. Perhaps that’s the biggest gift we can give ourselves this Christmas.

Amanda Steel is a local relationship councillor and author

Local Events Dates for your Diary Eel Pie Club Wednesday 14th December Christmas Party – The Eel Pie All-Stars, plus a host of guest musicians See for full details. Eel Pie Club at The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ

Richmond Film Society Tuesday 13th December, 8pm Grandma - Director Paul Weitz Picture House (Room G5), at St Mary’s University in Waldegrave Rd, TW1 4SX. Membership for season £60 (i.e. £4 per film). Tickets on the door £6 (students £4). Telephone 020 8893 3503,, rfs@richmondfilmsoc.,

Wednesday 7th December, 6.30pm Cabaret and Comedy The Dead Parrot Society welcome in the festive season with a wonderful night of delizioso two course seasonal, home cooked and Italian food followed by four brilliant cabaret & comedy acts. With MC Viv Groskop, writer, critic, broadcaster and stand-up comedian. Ada Campe’s unique blend of comedy, magic, regret and shouting in a show that will surprise and entertain everyone. With award winning musical comedian Kate Lucas who is known for her razor sharp and deliciously dark songs. She combines catchy melodies with original lyrics to showcase her playfully bitter musings on life. Ben Keenan is a versatile actor with a penchant for impressions and mimicry; his 8 | TW MAG – December 2016

Christopher Walken is uncanny! Tickets £25 available to buy online, at Shambles before the event or on the night if available. 02089779398 – – @ Shamblesbar or at – @DPS_Comedy Shambles, 85 High Street, TW11 8HG

Friday 9th December, 8pm Jo Caulfield – The Customer is Always Wrong Have you ever noticed that even when you’re right, you’re wrong? Award-winning comedian Jo Caulfield (John Bishop Show / Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow / Have I Got News For You) takes a humorous look at life’s potential traps, what can go wrong and how to deal with them. 16 yrs+ Tickets: £15 / £13 LAC Members Pre-show supper available; £8.50 per person; suppers must be booked by December 5th. Contact:, 020 8977 7558, Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, TW11

Saturday 10th December, 5.30pm & Sunday 11th December, 3pm The School of Dance Mortlake Students from this local school will be performing The Four Seasons to music by Vivaldi, Glazunov, Gershwin and many others. They will sing and dance through Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter culminating with plenty of festive Christmas spirit! Tickets: £10 adults / £5 U18s Contact:, Continues on page 10

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Saturday 10th – Saturday 17th December, 7.45pm except for Sunday 3pm, No performance on Wednesday Oh! What a Lovely War By Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshoop. Directed by Louise Stenson. At turns satirical, funny and deeply moving, Oh! What a Lovely War has a style all of its own, combining music, dance, songs and sketches to create a picture of life during the First World War for those on the front line and those behind it. Call the box office, 10am and 7pm only please, on 020 8744 0547 The Mary Wallace TheatreThe Embankment, Twickenham, TW1 3DU

Sunday 11th December, 7.30pm Opera Encores Commedia returns to present another entertaining guided tour through the evolution of opera. The evening is illustrated with more popular highlights performed by a company of professional soloists accompanied by The Virtual Reality Orchestra. Tickets: £15 and £12 concessions booked at or call 0333 1212 300 NormansfieldTheatre, Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park, Teddington TW11 9PS

Tuesday 13th December, 7pm Street Invest Carol Service As the Twickenham-based charity puts aside its campaigning and fundraising, St James’s Primary 10 | TW MAG – December 2016

School choir will be singing for street children in Sierra Leone who tragically lost their parents to Ebola and have been largely forgotten. Wine and mince pies will be served. Please RSVP to Eddie Ottmann. St James’s Parish Hall, 29 Radnor Road, Twickenham

Saturday 17th December, 7.30pm Carols By Candlelight Their ever popular festive start to Christmas week, with carols, seasonal music and words performed by Surrey Brass, local choirs and YOU! Come prepared to help raise the roof. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available too! Tickets: £13 / £12 concs / £5 U16s Contact:, 020 8977 7558, Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, TW11 Ticket alert – last few tickets available

Saturday 7th January, 7.30pm New Year in Old Vienna Welcome in the New Year with the music of Johann Strauss II, Franz Lehar, Robert Stolz, Mozart, Dvorák, Kreisler and others. With Performers: Helen Clutterbuck, soprano; Daniel D’Souza, baritone; Tony Lamb, clarinet; Tom Higgins, piano. This fundraising concert is organised by Teddington Summer Music Tickets: £10 / £8 concs from 0333 1212 300 or Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre

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Interiors & Homes The Top Table for Christmas


OW TO DRESS THE CHRISTMAS table this year? What a dilemma. Pull out the same old table cloth from last year, add some crackers, napkin rings and candles, or why not try something new? NATURAL A seasonal and unique table doesn’t need to be expensive. These natural looks can be created using really simple fresh materials even cuttings from your garden and a soft natural cotton backdrop. Cut up logs to create candle holders and lay freshly cut mistletoe or seasonal green cuttings around them. Place them on a runner for a long table and with some chunky glassware you have created a wonderful medieval look. Using living plants or vegetables creates a really natural and somehow vibrant back drop. Little pumpkins or squash come in all sorts of shapes and colours and create a great centre piece. Little pots of

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snowdrop plants are very seasonal and can be arranged in a line along the table or placed next to each setting with moss on the top or fir cones around them to add to create a pretty, festive and earthy look. MONOCHROME If you want a really sophisticated look then a ‘Monochrome’ theme adds a little more elegance. This can be created using a dark black table cloth or a dark wood table with toning place mats or plate stands. Add your finest Crystal glassware and white bone china. In the centre or along the table place some fresh dark green plants. Quite large architectural leaves will bring the look to life.

For a slightly less formal and interesting twist on the monochrome look, instead of using a black backdrop stick with a white linen tablecloth. Add a strong colour as an accent but not black, aubergine or navy blue works well. Use delicate glassware. Then add twigs in simple pots along the table. This creates a slightly softer look.

COLOUR THEMED If you really like the idea of a colourful Christmas then just take your pick on what your favourite colour is and go with it. Stick with a white backdrop so the look is fresh rather than overwhelming. Then accessorise with coloured napkins, runners, berries if they suit your theme and glassware to match. Or try just the opposite approach, a coloured tablecloth with silver twigs from the garden and delicate candles. Finally add simple white crockery and the look is complete.

What ever style you choose I hope you have a wonderful Christmas entertaining family and friends at your top table.

Tanya Dunbavin is a local designer and owns Amok Tel: 0774 784 3566,

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Children’s Activities Ballet for Children

Classes for 3 years upwards. Established 1982. Fully registered and qualified. Contact: Geraldine Maguire, ARAD 020 8894 3991. St. James’ Hall, Radnor Rd, Twickenham


Thursdays: various times and ages. Fun games and activities including ball handling skills, bat and ball techniques and agility. Develop balance and posture, coordination and spatial awareness and social skills. Book your free trial class now. Contact: 020 8398 3034,, The Crossway, St Stephen Church, 306 Richmond Rd, Twickenham, TW1 2PD


One Friday a month: 4-5pm, 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, Twickenham Library, Garfield Rd, TW1 3JT Tel: 020 8734 3340

Classical Babies

Friday 9th December, 11-11.45am, parents and up to 3 years 45 minutes of music by professional musicians in a family friendly environment. Contact: Nadine Andre on 07732 058705 or Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, TW11 9NN

Dragon Drama

Improvisational theatre, storytelling, acting, movement, mime, magic and mayhem! Workshops for preschool – eighteen years old. Contact 07590 452 436 or


Saturdays at St. Mary’s University, Drama, Music & Movement (4-6 years, 9.3011.00am and 10.30-12pm), Acting, Singing & Dance (7-11 years, 9.3012.30pm) & (11-16 years, 2-5pm), Musical Theatre Productions (7-16 years, 2-5pm) Contact 020 8408 0245 or email contact@ 14 | TW MAG – December 2016

United Reformed Chruch Drama, Music and Movement (4-6 years, Sat 10.30am - 12pm. Musical Theatre Training (716 years Weds 4.45-7.30pm)

Footie Tots

Thursdays and Fridays, 2∞-8 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 on 07931 707720 or, Holy Trinity Church, Vicarage Rd, TW2

Frankie & Flo’s Play Cafe

Tues/Weds/Thurs, 2.30-5pm 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. Professional children’s (and adult) haircuts. Beauty therapist Cost: Under 1 year £2, 1 yr and over £4.50 1st Sibling £2, additional siblings £1. Contact: Jacqueline on 07905 533015 St Mary’s Parish Hall, Langham Road, Teddington TW11 9HF

The Hot House Funky Dance Class

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

Jo Jingles

Mondays: 10.25am mixed ages family time. 11.20am 3mths-walking. Music, singing and movement classes for babies and pre-school age children from 3 months to 5 years of age. Tel. 020 8241 8139 Holy Trinity Church, Vicarage Rd, TW2 5TS

Kids’ ART Club

Saturday 3rd Dec: 10am - 12pm: 5 -11 yrs

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Children’s Activities 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. Tutor: Sarah Richardson £13 per child inc. mats. Contact: 020 8977 7558 or info@

Little Wrigglers Dance, Perform & Play

Monday 2-2.45pm 2-4 years Thursdays: 9.30-10.15am, 3-4 years, 10:3011.15am, 2-3 years. A creative mix of dance, music and mime to inspire your child to move to music. Contact: Rachel 07817 691660, littlewrigglers. Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, TW11 9NN

Story Time @ Twickenham Library

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

See Saw

Friday morning, 10.30am - 12.30pm Under 5’s Play and explore in multi-sensory sessions designed to encourage creativity, curiosity and develop skills in communication, coordination and social interaction. Drop-ins welcomed. Contact: 020 8831 6000, Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, TW1 3DJ

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! Fri and Sat, various times and ages. St Catherine’s School, Cross Deep, TW1 & Waldergrave School 0208 9770843/ 07824 999414

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

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.

Tiny Tunes

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

Toddler Time

Every Friday, 10am-noon Drop-in group for Parents, carers with babies, toddlers. More information contact Charlotte 07879606852 or United Reformed Church, First Cross Road, Twickenham, TW2 5QA

Tempo Tots

Mondays and Fridays. Time according to age. Music making with singing and dancing. Each week there’s a different theme. Contact: 07956 447118,, The Hyde Room, York House, Richmond Rd, TW1 3AA and The Maple Room, The Crossways, St Stephen’s, 306 Richmond Rd, TW1 2PD

Twinkle Toes Ballet

Thursdays, 1.15–1.45pm. Ages: 2–4 years Magical Ballet classes that provide a great introduction into the dance world. Classes incorporate the use of props and fairy tale storylines and are suitable for both boys and girls. Contact: Gemma Querino on 07847 323655 orgemma@twinkletoesdancing.

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OLD FASHIONED Simple, strong and smooth - this classic whiskey cocktail is welldeserved of a revival. Made popular again by the television series, Mad Men (Don Draper’s drink of choice), this delicious cocktail is a great way to explore drinking whiskey. And patience is the key to a good Old Fashioned, as lots of stirring is required to transform it into a perfect sipping cocktail.

Christmas is all about enjoying the company of dear family and friends, wearing cosy jumpers and indulging in delicious food and drink. I love wellmade classic cocktails, using premium ingredients and mixed with some TLC. And at this time of year, I’ve been known to give them festive twists to add a bit of seasonal fun.

Ingredients: • 50ml Woodford Reserve Bourbon • 10ml Tipplesworth Pure Cane Sugar Syrup • 3 Drops of Angostura Bitters • Orange Peel

GINGER MULE A retro classic that is deliciously refreshing and filled with zing! The Ginger Mule is meant to be served in a copper mule cup, but tastes just as fabulous in a glass tumbler if you don’t have one. Ingredients: • 50ml Ketel One Vodka • 12.5ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice • 2 Drops of Angostura Bitters • Top with Fentimans Ginger Beer • Lime Wedge Method: Fill your mule cup with ice. Pour in vodka and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Add 2 drops of Angostura Bitters to the top. Garnish with a wedge of lime. Festive Twist: Sloe Mule - Try swapping the vodka for sloe gin (Sipsmith is my favourite!) and use orange bitters instead of Angostura Bitters.

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Method: In a rocks glass, add the sugar syrup and bitters. Then pour in the bourbon gradually, stirring with a cube of ice. Add a couple of more ice cubes and stir some more. Peel a wide slice of orange peel and twist over drink to release citrus oils. Add peel to drink and stir. Add another ice cube to top up glass and stir again. Festive Twist: Maple Old Fashioned - Try swapping the sugar syrup for maple syrup, which adds woody and roasted/toasted flavour notes. BRAMBLE A London born modern classic that is deliciously tart and fruity. The original recipe was created by bartending legend, Dick Bradsell, in 1980’s London. Ingredients: • 40ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin • 20ml Lemon Juice • 10ml Tipplesworth Pure Cane Sugar Syrup • 20ml Crème de Mure • Blackberry Method: Pour gin, sugar syrup and lemon juice into a

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Councillor’s Update A Time For Giving


HRISTMAS IS A TIME FOR GIVING and I am mindful of all those who give all the year round, namely volunteers. Thousands of Borough residents contribute their time, energy and resources voluntarily helping others. Richmond Council works in partnership with the voluntary sector supporting organisations and individuals who provide vital care to so many needy and vulnerable residents. The Council wants to ensure that the voluntary and community organisations have the skills and expertise to adapt and thrive in the future and sees the voluntary sector as a vital partner in improving the life of the Borough. The Council remains committed to maintaining excellent working relations with the voluntary sector during a time of change. It is estimated that there are over 800 voluntary groups operating in the Borough employing the equivalent of 1640 full time staff. The 4000 trustees are vital to the success of the local voluntary sector. In 2015 the Council consulted widely with the voluntary sector and other stakeholders on local priorities and areas where organisations would like support. Priorities include strong leadership in the voluntary sector, a new focus on building capacity amongst smaller voluntary organisations, attracting new trustees, recruiting and retaining volunteers and creating more creative volunteering opportunities. The Council has a long standing history of collaboration and working in partnership to achieve better life results for local people. The Council commissions services from the voluntary sector worth over £11 million. Commissioned services bring an excellent return for local people. Our advice service contract with

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Richmond Citizens Advice Bureau has brought in £2.7 million in financial gains for Richmond residents in 2015. The Council, in partnership with the voluntary sector, wants to help people get involved, get active making a difference to their communities. The Council Civic Pride Fund offers small grants up to £5000 for community based projects and has helped hundreds of exciting ideas get off the ground, lever in additional funding, and demonstrate the value local people can bring to the Borough. For more information go to In 2015 the Council awarded £147,015 in grants to 44 organisations. The average grant was £3343. These grants were match funded with a total of £128,261 from other funders and volunteer effort. The Council also promotes community involvement through the Community Links programme. The aims are to keep local communities informed about what the Council is doing; build a better understanding of what community activity is already happening; identify and promote opportunities for local people to get involved; and help local people and groups find the support they need to take part. More information about the Community Links programme can be found at You may like to make and keep a New Year resolution to get involved with one of the many local charities that are all working to make our locality a better place.

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act presentation. Step into your favourite stories as we explore the world of magical clothes and well-loved tales. With wonderful replica gowns and original historical items too, a dazzling fairy godmother dresses Cinderella for all the glory of an 18th-century ball. This is a truly enchanting presentation for all those who love fairy tales and fabulous costumes. Ticket includes a glass of fizz. Adults Only Dining with the Georgians Friday 9th December, 7pm Join us for a delicious evening of Georgian Christmas dining in the elegant Gallery of Strawberry Hill inspired by authentic 18th Century menus. Including readings and amusing anecdotes of the period by thespian Raymond Davies. This is the perfect event to kick-off your Christmas activities. Your ticket will include a Georgian tasting menu, half a bottle of wine and a glass of port. Adults Only

Workshop: Delicious Decorations Saturday 10th December, 11am Decorate delicious festive ginger bread perfect to give as gifts or hang on a tree. Please book 1 place per participating child. Under 5s. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Sold out Workshop: Ginger Bread Houses Saturday 10th December, 2.30pm Build and decorate your own magnificent and Strawberry Hill House, 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4ST, Telephone: 020 8744 1241

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glorious surroundings of Strawberry Hill. Music will include Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’as well as seasonal pieces with some congregational carols. Tickets include a complimentary drink and mince pie on arrival. Suitable for ages 11+ Workshop: Delicious Decorations Sunday 11th December, 11am Decorate delicious festive ginger bread perfect to give as gifts or hang on a tree. Please book 1 place per participating child. Under 5s. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Workshop: Ginger Bread Houses Sunday 11th December, 2.30pm Build and decorate your own magnificent and tasty ginger bread house. Over 5s. Sold out

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Local Contact Information Hospitals Kingston Hospital NHS Trust Galsworthy Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7QB. Tel: 020 8546 7711 West Middlesex University Hospital Twickenham Road, Isleworth, TW7 6AF, Tel: 020 8560 2121 NHS Walk-in-Centre Tel. 020 8714 4000 Open Mon-Fri, 8am-9pm, Weekends and bank holidays 9am–9pm Teddington Memorial Hospital, Hampton Road Coastguard 020 8312 7380, Local MP Tania Mathias, Conservative Tel: 020 8622 4426 Council London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Tel: 08456 122660 Emergencies (out of hours) Tel: 020 8891 7413

• The Twickenham Society • Twickenham Town Business Association Tel: 020 8744 0474 email: • York House Society Twickenham Library Garfield Road, TW1 3JT Tel: 020 8734 3340 email: OPENING HOURS: Monday: 9.30am-7pm, Tuesday: 9.30am-6pm Wednesday: 10am-7pm, Thursday: 9.30am-6pm Friday: 9.30am-6pm, Saturday: 9.30am-4pm Sunday: 1pm-5pm Twickenham Museum 25 The Embankment, TW1 3DU Tel: 020 8408 0070

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• Friends of Twickenham Green email: • Strawberry Hill Residents’ Association • Twickenham Choral Society email: • Twickenham upon Thames Rotary Club 24 | TW MAG – December 2016

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