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Issue 65 – February 2018


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Personal Fitness Children’s Activities All Hail The Colour of 2018 Councillor’s Update Crossing The River Thames

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This month

EBRUARY has arrived and I hope you are feeling suitably romantic as Valentine’s Day approaches. While love isn’t only in the air on the 14th of February, it’s a nice excuse to be particularly sweet to that special person in your life and say it with flowers, chocolates, jewels! Or even just words...

All Hail The Colou

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THE COLOUR OF THE FUTURE LTRA VIOLET - PANTONE 18 – 3838 has been announced as the the Pantone Institute colour of the year by .Their choice is on research into worldwide colour based plus their unfailing trends Leatrice Eiseman ly accurate predictions. , Director, describe as ‘communicating d the colour thinking that propelsingenuity and visionary us towards the It shone brightly future’. on the latest Spring/S ummer designer cat walks and it will definitel y be finding its way into wardrobes. It comes our in many shades of purples, lobelia, violet, and – so the good news plums is there’s a shade of purple to suit all skin tones.


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MYTHICAL, POWERF UL There’s an interesti AND PRESTIGIOUS PURPLE early as the 15th ng history to purple. As century BC a purple was produced dye from snail called murex. a rare Mediterranean Sea drop and thousan Each shell produced a tiny ds produce one kilo. of shells were needed to In Greek mytholo believed that Hercules gy it was discovered it when his dog picked up a developed a purple murex on the beach and mouth! In the Roman Empires , only the Emperor nobility had the or right to wear the 4th Century BC colour. By the its labour intensiv and rarity meant e production this dyed cloth became as valuable as silver and gold and this contributed to the colour’s long association with power and prestige.

As the days get longer and the weather warms, am I wrong to think we are getting the hang of this 2018 business by now? It’s starting to fit a bit better perhaps. So it is timely that local personal stylist Julia van den Berg shares insights into the hot colour for 2018, see page 2. While local Personal Trainer Jessica Rashleigh, helps us stay on track with our fitness goals, in case your resolutions are beginning to wobble, see page 16 for inspiration. With our regular columns and a round up of what is going on locally, I hope you enjoy this issue of TW Mag and look forward to seeing you again next month.

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Roll forward to 1856 the chemist William when accidentally discoverPerkin ed the purple shade of mauve in his laborato ry when he

was just eighteen years old. At the looking for a cure time he was for compound aniline. malaria using the organic transformed into He discovered that aniline a crude mixture extracted with alcohol produce which when d a substance with an intense purple colour. The first synthetic pigment was born and quickly became accessible to all. This discovery made William Perkin a very wealthy man. Purple has a mystica l and spiritual is said to reflect quality and creativity, individu non-conformity. ality Over the past century and linked to organisa it’s been tions, brands, pop and fashion icons: – In 1908 the Suffrage ttes wore purple represent loyalty to and dignity – Cadburys have used purple it to wrap their chocolate since 1914

– In the 60’s and 70’s purple was psychedelia and linked to Jimmy Hendrix’ s Purple Haze. – More recently , in 2017 Pantone produced Love symbol #2 to honour his love of purple. the pop Icon Prince and Why wait to wear this exciting colour and Summer? in Spring Embrace it now and forward for the remainder of the be fashion of 2018. colder months

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Contents Welcome – Page 1 All Hail The Colour of 2018 – Pages 2 & 3 Events Listing – Pages 4 & 6 Crossing The River Thames – Pages 8, 9 & 11 Children’s Activities – Pages 12 & 13


Children’s Puzzle – Page 14 What wouldn’t We Do For Our Children – Page 16

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Fashion Focus All Hail The Colour of 2018 THE COLOUR OF THE FUTURE LTRA VIOLET - PANTONE 18 – 3838 has been announced as the colour of the year by the Pantone Institute. Their choice is based on research into worldwide colour trends plus their unfailingly accurate predictions. Leatrice Eiseman, Director, described the colour as ‘communicating ingenuity and visionary thinking that propels us towards the future’. It shone brightly on the latest Spring/Summer designer cat walks and it will definitely be finding its way into our wardrobes. It comes in many shades of purples, lobelia, violet, and plums – so the good news is there’s a shade of purple to suit all skin tones.


MYTHICAL, POWERFUL AND PRESTIGIOUS PURPLE There’s an interesting history to purple. As early as the 15th century BC a purple dye was produced from a rare Mediterranean Sea snail called murex. Each shell produced a tiny drop and thousands of shells were needed to produce one kilo. In Greek mythology it was believed that Hercules discovered it when his dog picked up a murex on the beach and developed a purple mouth! In the Roman Empires, only the Emperor or nobility had the right to wear the colour. By the 4th Century BC its labour intensive production and rarity meant this dyed cloth became as valuable as silver and gold and this contributed to the colour’s long association with power and prestige. Roll forward to 1856 when the chemist William Perkin accidentally discovered the purple shade of mauve in his laboratory when he 2 | TW MAG – February 2018

was just eighteen years old. At the time he was looking for a cure for malaria using the organic compound aniline. He discovered that aniline transformed into a crude mixture which when extracted with alcohol produced a substance with an intense purple colour. The first synthetic pigment was born and quickly became accessible to all. This discovery made William Perkin a very wealthy man. Purple has a mystical and spiritual quality and is said to reflect creativity, individuality and non-conformity. Over the past century it’s been linked to organisations, brands, pop and fashion icons: – In 1908 the Suffragettes wore purple to represent loyalty and dignity. – Cadburys have used purple it to wrap their chocolate since 1914. – In the 60’s and 70’s purple was linked to psychedelia and Jimmy Hendrix’s Purple Haze. – More recently, in 2017 Pantone produced Love symbol #2 to honour the pop Icon Prince and his love of purple. Why wait to wear this exciting colour in Spring and Summer? Embrace it now and be fashion forward for the remainder of the colder months of 2018.

THE VERSATILITY OF PURPLE Once you start wearing shades of purple you’ll be amazed at how versatile it is. Be bold and beautiful. Pair purple shades with a neutral colour such as black or charcoal to lift your outfit. A purple jacket or coat packs a mighty punch. Kettlewell Mango Want a softer look? A purple scarf worn with blue and green hues harmonises perfectly. Turning a simple pair of jeans and a top into something a little more special and interesting – with the added bonus of keeping you cosy and warm! Kettlewell How amazing is this oversized sweatshirt combination? Not for the faint hearted, but it works!

If you’re moving between indoors and outdoors a wrap is the perfect layering item for temperature control. If you mix your layers you will not only add depth to your outfit but you will look effortlessly pulled together. See how this purple wrap updates a mediocre outfit into a something stunning and on trend.

Use purple to add variety to your outfits. Experiment by accessorising with handbags, hats, gloves, Elliott Rhodes jewellery, boots and belts. If you choose a belt that has the ability to interchangeable the buckle it will easily take your outfit from day to evening. Want to update your make up? Finger nails and toes look stunning painted with purple nail varnish. Try creating a bold evening eye with purple eyeshadow brushed over your eyelid. Brown eyes can be beautifully enhanced with a violet eyeliner. Valentines day is approaching – I wish you a very happy one and hope that you will be encouraged to try a dash of purple!

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

Local Events Dates for your Diary Richmond Film Society Tuesday, 13 February, 8pm ‘Graduation’ (Romania) - Director Cristian Mungiu

Tuesday, 30 January, 8pm ‘Men & Chicken’ (Denmark) - Director Anders Thomas Jensen All films are now screened at The Exchange, the new community facility opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Rd, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. Tickets on the door £6. Tel. 020 8893 3503,, richmondfilmsociety@,

Eel Pie Club Thursday 8th February Lonnie Donegan Band featuring Peter Donegan Thursday 15th February Catfish Thursday 22nd February Big Steam See for full details. Eel Pie Club at The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 3SZ

Sunday February 11th, 3pm A Richmond Romance The Richmond Brass Band perform a charming programme of traditional and modern music - all arranged for the brilliance of brass. Featuring solo performers as well as the full brass band, Tickets: £10 / £7

Sunday 11th February, 2.30pm Joseph Spooner & Nicola Garty Joseph Spooner (cello) and Nicola Garty 4 | TW MAG – February 2018

(piano) present a programme of beautiful and fascinating works, including the great Sonata no. 1 by Brahms. Tickets: 13.50 adults / £12.50 concs / £11.50 series discount & LAC Members, 020 8977 7558, Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, TW11

Thursday 15th - Sunday 18th February, 7.45pm,Sunday 3pm

Romeo & Juliet A senior youth theatre production. The tragic story of Shakespeare’s starcross’d lovers still resonates across the ages and strikes a chord in every heart. Imaginatively staged and underpinned with music and movement. Uniquely interpreted and abridged by the cast. Call the box office (between 10am - 7 pm only please) on 07484 927 662. Richmond Shakespeare Society at The Mary Wallace Theatre, The Embankment, Twickenham, TW1 3DU

Saturday 17th February 10am – 4pm Embrace Tango A day of dance, music, art, sculpture and dance performance organised in association with Freedom Tango. Tango is fun, good for health and an excellent way of meeting new people. It can be danced at any age and you don’t need to come with a partner! There will be free beginners’ sessions throughout the day, a guitar workshop, demonstrations, live music and an exhibition of tango inspired art. Plus a chance to Continues on page 6

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Sunday 18th February, 7:30pm Mansford’s Comedy Club The Club was launched by comedian Jason Manford and his brother Colin just over two years ago to bring comedians from the UK circuit to small towns and cities across the country for a night of live comedy. The show features up and coming performers as well as more wellknown names and are all personally chosen by Jason himself. Tickets: £20 / £15, 02082402399 The Exchange, 75 London Rd, TW1 1BE

Sunday 25th February, 2.30pm Trifarious Trifarious is Tim Redpath (clarinet/bass clarinet), Rachel Calaminus (violin/viola) and Nadine André (piano), who together fuse classical, jazz and world influences into a diverse instrumental combination. Their acclaimed debut CD ‘Russian Roulette’ was released in June 2015, and their second album will be released in 2018. 6 | TW MAG – February 2018

Do you enjoy Songs of Praise? And a good cuppa? Then this event may be for you. There will be chance for a good old sing of your favourite hymns, and a change to chat whilst taking afternoon tea together. Holy Trinity Church, 1 Vicarage Road, Twickenham Green, TW2 5TS

Sunday 4th March - Saturday 10th March, 7.45pm, Sun 4pm After Electra A black comedy about family and ageing. It’s Virgie’s birthday and she is bucking convention. Always more committed as an artist than a mother, in old age Virgie has not reckoned on her family and friends’ determination to thwart her plans. Tickets: £14 / £10 Box Office: Telephone: 0845 838 7529 (10am – 8pm) Online: Hampton Hill Theatre – Coward Studio

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History Focus Crossing the River Thames


INCE THE LAST ICE AGE, THE RIVER Thames has flowed on a more or less continuous path through London, creating a geographical barrier between North and South London. This has given rise to numerous debates over the years, several of which have never been entirely resolved. For instance it is widely held that Caesar crossed the Thames in pursuit of his conquest of Britain but where? Brentford and Sunbury both lay claim to that famous crossing but it seems more likely that Kingston was the most fordable location. Nevertheless the exact spot has never been clearly proven and the towns continue to stake their claims. Rudyard Kipling famously wrote The River’s Tale in 1911 saying ‘Twenty bridges from Tower to Kew wanted to know what the River knew.’ That may have been so then but we now have over two hundred different crossings. To go back to Kipling’s original number, it was still a very difficult job to be able to cross the Thames from north to south or vice-versa. The further back in time one goes, the more difficult the problem was. Locals take for granted the journey into Kingston, crossing the Thames at Kingston Bridge to go to the Surrey bank, but it was not always so easy. Although the concept of the bridge was as old as pre-Conquest, very few were constructed before the 17th Century and a toll was often applied. We must also bear in mind that road building is a fairly modern service and wherever possible, transportation by river was preferable. This produced the two livery companies of Lightermen (carrying cargoes) and Watermen (carrying passengers). Unfortunately road transport is now the predominant mode of transport in this country but there is a limited amount of river freight. The Watermen’s and Lightermen’s companies have now merged their resources. In Roman times there were no bridges across the Thames. Crossing was either made at a ford in 8 | TW MAG – February 2018

the river or by ferry. Ferries have sprung up along the Thames at various points, signifying some means of communication between towns on either side of the river banks. This was probably trade orientated but there would also have been some military considerations as these valuable points on the river became more important in the control of lands. Our particular wider area gave rise to several ferries, some of which are still operating today. The Ferry at Kingston claims an Anglo-Saxon origin, Hampton and Hampton Court ferries have early Tudor connections, the Twickenham or Dysart’s ferry ran from 1692 to 1970. Teddington Ferry which operated from the Middlesex bank at Teddington to the Surrey bank at Ham, is of indeterminate age but in probably also Tudor in origin. The Richmond ferry has produced evidence of its operation in 1439 and finally Hammerton’s Ferry at Twickenham which started in 1908 and is still running. Crossing by ferry was virtually the only way of getting from one side of the Thames to the other and this led to the lightermen and watermen running the ferries and

creating monopolies in the charging of fees. At Kingston, a bridge had existed since Anglo-Saxon times and this, a flimsy wooden structure, had been rebuilt in 1190 and again in 1318. Extensive repairs were carried out in 1567 and in 1710 it was described as ‘the great wooden bridge hath 20 interstices. Two in the middle wide enough for barges... it had 22 piers of wood and had in the middle two fair Seates for Passengers to avoid Carts and to sit and enjoy the delightful Prospect.’ A further rebuild took place in 1828 and it was not until 1870 that it was declared free of toll. So from all times earlier, a toll had been levied on all cargoes passing over the bridge. Unfortunately we do not know how these tolls compared with the fees charged by the ferrymen. Hampton Court Palace was responsible for the development of many of the local ferries and their continued occupation clearly evolved as the Palace assumed more importance in the government of England and became one of the houses of power in the country. The ferries at Hampton, Hampton Court, Teddington and Twickenham would have been required to transport palace staff, supplies of food and drink and the continual flow of royal guests, ambassadors and all other government officials. There must have been considerable pressure on the palace to produce a permanent bridge over the Thames but the first one was not constructed until 1753, having been built by James Clarke. It was replaced in 1778 by a more sturdy wooden bridge but by 1840 this

had become dilapidated and was in urgent need of replacement. This finally took place in 1865 when an iron bridge was introduced. It was unpopular in design but nevertheless very lucrative for its owner, Thomas Allen, bringing him £3,000 annually in tolls. He was bought out for £48,048 in 1876 by the local boards of Hampton and Molesey and the Corporation of London. The modern bridge was completed in 1933 and is still going strong. The building of the various bridges at Hampton Court clearly ended the trade of the Hampton Court ferries. Downriver a couple of miles is Hampton Ferry which has been operating since 1514 and its incorporation makes it one of the 10 oldest established companies in the United Kingdom, placing it amongst the 150 oldest companies in Europe. It has always had a strong leisure connection, taking members of the public across to Moulsey Hurst for boxing bouts and horse racing events. Happily it is still in operation today. Richmond followed Hampton Court in replacing its ferry with a bridge to support Richmond Palace although the first bridge was not constructed until 1777. Tolls were charged until 1859. Various tribulations were encountered in trying to find the right land for the crossing before it was set on the site of the old ferry. Once again the introduction of the bridge had killed off the ferry. Returning to Teddington, the ferrymen were having their own way and continuing to charge what they pleased for their trouble. A lock had been constructed in 1811 and part of the construction involved creating a lock cut on the Surrey side of the bank as a navigational improvement, digging out tons of soil and creating the lock island there today.

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Chil dr en ’s A ct iv it ie s Baby Sensory

Booking in advance required, teddington@ Classes last 1 hour. £8.50 per session. Monday, 10am - 7-13 mths, 11.30am - birth - 6 mths, 1.30pm - birth-6 mths, 3pm - 7-13 mths Sari - 07932089848. Teddington Baptist Church


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 Thursday 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


Saturdays at St. Mary’s University, 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 United Reformed Church Musical Theatre Training (7-16 years Weds 4.45-7.30pm)

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. Contact: Jenny on 07828 450145 St Mary’s Parish Hall, Langham Rd, TW11

The Hot House Funky Dance Class

Tuesdays – 4–4.45pm Ages: 5–7 years & 8–11 years Fun, confidence building, street-style dance classes for boys and girls as taught at Newland House and St Catherine’s schools. 10 | TW MAG – February 2018

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

Cost: £75 per school term Contact: Kym on 07979 108717 or Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, Tw11 9NN

Jo Jingles

Mondays: 10.15am mixed ages family time. 11.10am 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 24th February, 10am – 12 noon 5 -11 yrs, Fun workshops with a different project for each session. January’s workshop is Pop Up Puppets! Limited places, so early booking essential. Tutor: Sarah Richardson. Cost: £13.50 per child, per session, inc. mats. Contact: 020 8977 7558 or info@

Little Wrigglers

Dance, Perform & Play. Monday 2-2.45pm 2-4 years, Thursdays: 9.30-10.15am, 3-4 years, 10:30-11.15am, 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

Mini Professors

Fun science for pre-school children. Booking required in advance - £9 per session, Classes last 40 minutes. Thursdays – 10am 3-4 yrs, 11.30am – 2-3 years, 12.30pm – 3-4 years. Nansi - 07951535734. Teddington Baptist Church.

Monkey Music

Fridays. 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 All Souls Church, Northcote Road Continues on page 12

History Focus (continued)

The authorities finally caved in to public pressure and agreed to the building of a footbridge. This was done on a design by George Pooley and was built by Messrs Goddard & Massey of Nottingham. The cost was £2,700 and part of this was borne by the residents of Ham. It consisted of a single span suspension

bridge from the bank to the island and a girder footbridge from the island to the Ham bank. Surprisingly the ferry continued from Teddington to the island until the 1950s and the last ferryman was Harry Bishop. There was further speculation in the 1950s about a road bridge being built over the Thames at Teddington but that is another story...

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

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A bridge from the island to the Teddington bank was petitioned for in June 1873 but the Thames Commissioners declined the request. Henry Taunt, the Oxford based photographer and raconteur of the Thames, in supporting the petition noted that ‘a footbridge is sadly needed as the watermen on the ferry here demand the extortionate sum of three pence as their fee from passengers crossing the ferry and give as a reason the fact that being below Teddington Weir they come under the control of the Watermen’s Company, and their rules allow them.’


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Chil dr en ’s A ct i v it ie s Mum&Baby Dance/Fitness Classes

For new mums carrying their babies in a sling or carrier. Toddler Dance sessions (1-4yrs) full of Latin beats. Fridays 1-1.40pm Tots (1-4 yr) 1.45-2.30pm Mum & Baby (baby carrier required). Free All Souls Church Hall, Northcote Road (off St. Margaret’s Road), TW1 1PB

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. Baby Signing Class suitable for 6 months upwards Thursday afternoons 1.30pm – 2.10pm All Souls Church Hall, Northcote Road, St Margarets, TW1 1PB Starts Thursday 8th June for 5 weeks Class will run for a full 10 week term from September 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

Tiny Teddies

Second and fourth Friday of the month: 10.30-11am. Bounce and rhyme for babies and toddlers. Contact: 020 8734 3340

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Twickenham Library, Garfield Rd, TW1 3JT.

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

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

White Rabbit Tuesdays

Teaching children to use their own imaginations and experiences to create fun & exciting drama. Bunnies, Pre-school - 2∞, 10.15-10.45am Little Rabbits, 4-5 yrs, 3.15-3.50pm Intermediate Group 1, 7-9 years, 4-4.50pm Intermediate Group 2, 9-11 yrs, 5-5.50pm Twickenham Library, Garfield Rd, TW1 3JT

Zenchild Yoga

Tuesdays 4–4.45pm. Ages: 5–8 years Children’s yoga in a fun and noncompetitive environment. Relaxing bodies and minds through yoga postures, breathing exercises and creative relaxations. 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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Personal Fitness What Wouldn’t We Do For Our Children?


DON’T THINK ANYTHING CHANGES YOUR life quite like the arrival of a child. There doesn’t seem to be a part of my life that hasn’t been affected and for me personally that’s a good thing. Yes, you lose a certain amount of freedom and a huge amount of your finances when your new addition arrives. Yes, your car and home suddenly seem tiny and you find yourself up-sizing everything. But the love you feel for this tiny being is so remarkable you just couldn’t begrudge them for a single second, penny or square foot. You would do anything for them, which is lucky as they need you beyond comprehension. As a personal trainer, I’m a huge advocate for health and happiness. In fact bringing health and happiness to as many people as possible is my professional goal in life. But the importance of health and happiness in my life more than quadrupled the day I met my baby girl. Not only did I now owe it to myself to be healthy and happy, but I owed it to my daughter as well. In fact more than owed it to her, it was essential. This baby girl needed her mum now and always would. My life had more meaning than ever before. Someone else depended on me for everything! So why is it, that at the point where your life and by proxy your health, become so vital do we often ditch any attempt to be fit and healthy? The initial first weeks of parenthood are a blur of sleepless nights, nappy changes and juggling feeds. But once the dust starts to settle, it’s time to make sure everything is in working order. Just like you wouldn’t send a damaged yacht on a round the world trip, you shouldn’t be expecting your damaged body to face life successfully without a little TLC. Call it luck or a blessing, but I had what is medically referred to as a ‘normal’ pregnancy and labour, and my recovery time was fairly standard. At about 6 weeks postpartum, I started back to fast walks/slow jogs and at 3 months 14 | TW MAG – February 2018

postpartum, yoga and gym sessions were added in. I was shocked at how weak my body had become and how traumatised it felt. While rest and recovery are very important, you also hit a point where all that sofa time will start to be detrimental. Both our physical and mental wellbeing need exercise to be healthy. I’m not for a second saying that we all need to be size 6, super toned, endurance athletes to be parents. Far from it. I’m talking about mobility to crawl about on the floor and make pillow forts. The endurance to chase the magic unicorn round the garden. The strength to lift you little one up in the air and take them flying. The ability to, and this is the most significant, live a long life with your health intact. In 2013 the Journal of Sport and Health Science published and article on chronic disease and the link to physical activity. It noted that, ‘The most prevalent chronic diseases are cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, various respiratory diseases, and osteoarthritis. These diseases are burdensome, debilitating and potentially lethal to individuals inflicted, and while debilitating, medical treatment and annual health care costs continue to rise into trillions of dollars each year.’ ‘In the past, these diseases were associated with older populations, however because of lifestyle shifts, chronic diseases are now becoming Continues on page 16

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Personal Fitness (Continued) more prominent in younger adults leaving them burdened and encumbered with health care concerns for the rest of their lives. One lifestyle shift that has been identified as being in part responsible for the earlier onset of chronic disease is the prevalence of physical inactivity. Physical activity and exercise are considered a principal intervention for primary and secondary disease prevention.’ This information is nothing new. Initial research into this concept was first conducted by J.N. Morris, M.D. in 1953. The fitness and medical industries are flooded with research proving the importance of exercise. Yet the common theme is to shy away from it, with reason upon reason as to why we just don’t get round to it. The constant battle of a personal trainer, nutritionist, dietitian, health care professional is trying to press upon people the importance of their health. We can too easily fall into the trap of believing we’ll avoid chronic sickness hoping ‘it will never happen to me’ or defining our selves with a you only live once, live fast die young attitude. This in itself is detrimental to our health. And what better inspiration to look after yourself than a small, very cute, human who needs you more than anything.

I offer fitness classes which accommodate your baby, the starting point is getting you feeling like your body is yours again and building from there. For a simple starting point aim to move no less the 30 minutes a day, split into no less then 15 minutes at a time, where you get slightly out of breath. Got some extra weight to loose? Make three of these days into 45 minutes of sweaty exercise. I know it can seem a tough thing to fit in and even when you have the time, finding the motivation to do it takes commitment. But remember, you are no longer doing it for you and really, what wouldn’t we do for our children.

Jessica Rashleigh Me and My Baby Fitness Instagram @msjessica_alice

In 2015, when I was just 28, I lost my mum to cancer. I was not and will never be ready to be without my mum. It’s because of this that I will fiercely protect mine and my partner’s health. It has shaped my view that protecting your health is an important part of protecting your child. It’s a great inspiration to get moving. There are so many forms of exercise, undoubtedly you’ll be able to find something you can at least stand to do and better still enjoy. It could be as simply as power walks in the park or maybe you want to go hard and join an extreme bootcamp. You could give your mind some quiet time and try yoga or pilates for strengthening core muscles. There’s even many YouTube videos you can do at home. Some of which you can even do with your baby in a sling. 16 | TW MAG – February 2018

Answer to puzzle on page 13

Councillor’s Update


WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY to update you on a number of Council or Council related topics. ACTION ON PLASTIC In the famous 1967 film The Graduate the character Benjamin played by Dustin Hoffman is given advice by a mentor... ‘There’s a great future in plastics’ he is told. This may have been good career guidance in the late 1960’s but the success of plastic over the decades has caused significant environmental issues. One of the main problems is that many plastics take so long to break down. A typical plastic bottle will take approximately 400 years to biodegrade. Through carelessness or neglect, plastic often ends up in our rivers where it is then carried out to sea where it remains for centuries and can travel thousands of miles from where it was discarded. It is estimated that in Greater London a million plastic straws are used and discarded every day. Many of them are not recycled and therefore end up as marine litter. The recent TV documentary Blue Planet II highlighted the problem of marine pollution. Most were unaware of the vast amount of plastic washed into our seas and oceans which in turn ended up in the marine food chain and in turn in the human food chain. At the most recent meeting of the full Council on 23rd January, it was unanimously agreed that Richmond Council would adopt a strategy which would address the damaging use of plastic and in particular ‘single use’ plastics. The strategy follows the well-known mantra of reduce, reuse, recycle. Specific initiatives will include – Reducing the use of plastics within the Council and working with local groups to cut back on plastic waste and improve arrangements for disposal.

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Promoting reusable bottles and cups. Supporting Government and industry initiatives to reduce plastic waste including a bottle deposit scheme. RICHMOND COUNCIL BUDGET AND COUNCIL TAX The Council will shortly be setting the budget and council tax for the next municipal year. As a function of our relative wealth versus other council areas we have always done badly in terms of grants from Central Government. This year will be no different. As a consequence, a high proportion of local expenditure comes from locally generated council tax. A delicate balance has to be struck between protecting local services and protecting local council tax payers. TWICKENHAM RIVERSIDE – PLANNING APPLICATION After a lengthy period of consultation and discussion a planning application for the Twickenham Riverside site will shortly be heard by the Planning Committee. As I have stated in previous articles generating a scheme which everyone agrees on will be impossible, but let’s hope the decades long wait to regenerate this part of Twickenham is rapidly approaching an end. Twickenham needs a development which integrates with both the Diamond Jubilee Gardens and the Thames and which serves as a destination, drawing people to the town centre and riverside. WARD SURGERY As always your ward Councillors hold a monthly surgery every second Monday of the month between 7pm – 8pm in York House. No appointment is necessary, simply turn up. If your query is complex then some advance notice would be helpful in order that some research can be done beforehand. Should you need urgent assistance please get in touch with Cllr Marlow, Cllr Head or me via the Council website. Cllr David Porter

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