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History Focus The Women’s Suffra ge Movement in the Borough

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918 WILL PRIMARI LY year that the Great REMEMBERED as the War ended but also another long standing dispute there was resolved to some that was extent with the Representation passing of the of the People Act, million women enabling 8.5 over property qualifica the age of 30 who met a tion to vote. This was the culmina protests and deputat tion of a series of ions first started by Mrs Hebditch of Jamaica S Terrace, Commer in 1832 in the cial Road Middlesex Registra Asquith and Mr tion Court. Various reforms Churchill. This were put forward was greeted with loud applause next 80 years to and few interrup over the give tions (apart from a youth who let men in the election parity for women with off the meeting was a squib) but on the whole Hampton, Teddingt of all matters political. In remarkably orderly. on and Twicken continued denial However the demonstrated ham women of the governm their intentions ent to discuss issue resulted by joining the Primrose League the in more militant and holding offices actions by some suffragettes in Apart from this, order to more forcefully publicis progress was very within it. their aims. by the end of the e slow although 19th century women’ was a national s suffrage On issue. 8 February 1913, astounded to find staff at Kew Gardens were In 1897 Mrs Millicen that two of the had t orchid Fawcett been houses broken into, the combined several of the smaller plants taken out women’s societies their pots and of National Union into smashe of Women’s Suffrage the outrage of a peculiar d to the ground – ‘an (NUWSS) and later Societies ly wanton characte in 1903 Mrs Emmelin Times reported r’ the Pankhurst formed . A scrap of paper the Women’s Social e bearing the inscripti was found Union (WSPU). and Political Still none but not a woman’ on ‘Orchids can be destroye parties would include of the major national d, s honour.’ Mrs Pankhurst confirmed that a section on women’ suffrage in their it was the work s manifes of police had no were made to introduc tos. Several attempts success in finding suffragettes. The the guilty party. e private member into the House s’ bills of Commons but On 21 February on each they were ‘talked 1913, in the early out’. Prime Minister occasion, morning, the fire brigade were hours of the doggedly refused Asquith called to attend to receive any deputation on the issue of women’ s suffrage and refused to grant he absolutely it any precipitated a campaig parliamentary time. This n of window-breaking the arrest of Mrs and Emmeline and Miss Christabel Pankhurst for inciting the public ‘to rush’ House of Common the s. April 1908 saw a packed Richmon audience of the d Theatre London Society for Women’s Suffrage receive Miss Christabel Pankhur launched an hour long scathing attack st, who on Mr

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Art house open studios is also on this month, where our very talented local artists invite us into their studios to see their work and find out more about them, well worth a visit. See page 4 for details.

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Contents Welcome – Page 1 Staying Healthy at Exam Time – Page 2

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.

Art House 2018 – Pages 4 & 6 Children’s Activities – Pages 8 & 10

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Children’s Puzzle – Page 11 Women’s Suffrage Movement – Pages 12, 14 & 15

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Health & Beauty Exam Time, Let’s Stay Healthy!

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N THE MIDDLE OF AN EXAM PERIOD, IT CAN be an effort to spend time on cooking and eating well, sleeping, socialising and relaxing, but why is it so important to lower your stress levels and maintain health at this time? MANAGING STRESS A little stress and adrenaline are fine, they will help to keep your mind focused; too much though, and it will be harder to study. When you are stressed, your body will find it harder to fight off infections, or to manage as normal. It’s important to create a calm and positive learning environment. • Meditation and yoga are really helpful ways to reduce stress, as they require discipline and focus on something external. • Being organised helps with confidence and feeling that you have had time to revise. Starting early will help with not feeling overwhelmed. • You’re an individual, don’t compare! This will make you feel inferior and heighten your stress levels. Everyone receives and retains information differently. • Exercise has proven benefits for brain activity: it gets the blood flowing faster around your body, including to your brain, and will help when you are struggling to concentrate. • Down time, recharging your batteries, is different for everyone. Do something you love, have a change of scene, some good company and chat – about anything but exams. • Sleeping: make a regular time to stop, no later than 9pm, and stick to it. You will sleep better if you have time to relax before bed and time for your mind to switch off. Lack of sleep will only add to poor concentration and bad recall. Have a bath and let your body’s stress levels reduce; this will also help with muscle relaxation. • Take a nap in the afternoon, preferably 30 minutes or so in duration. Proven to help brain performance. • Work in daylight, and take breaks every hour. You’ll focus better.

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Massage provides physical and psychological benefits that counter the symptoms of stress. Many salons will offer discounts to students. Eating well is essential. A common mistake is to eat poorly when we most need nutrients and vitamins: junk food, lots of chocolate and energy drinks are often used to keep energy levels up but can also have a negative effect, and are short term. They lead to sugar spikes followed by drops that cause fatigue and leave you unable to focus. Here are some brain foods that are healthy and have a longer effect on the active brain, keeping it sharp, productive and making you feel happier: FRUITS Sugar boosts from naturally occurring sugars in fresh fruit are going to be much more useful. Fruits such as blueberries contain antioxidants and bananas contain vitamin B6, which helps promote brain health. HYDRATING Caffeine can provide a useful boost in the shortterm but drinking too much could leave you unable to focus properly, and more fatigued in the long run. Green tea is a good alternative option, as it provides antioxidants as well as boosting your concentration. Keep water next to you while studying – being dehydrated leads to fatigue and the inability to focus.


NUTS One of the best snacks, they provide a source of unsaturated fat, including essential fatty acids, which you must get from your diet. Omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids make up part of your brain cell membranes, and omega-3 fatty acid deficiencies cause neurological symptoms that can include depression and memory loss. Some nuts, like almonds, help improve memory and lower cholesterol levels. Walnuts are good for cognitive function and memory retention. DARK GREENS They are packed with vitamin K, which helps build pathways in the brain, as well as naturally occurring nitrates and antioxidants. You’ll also get a healthy amount of B6 and B12, which are associated with improvements in alertness and memory.

provide vital nutrients, 6g of protein, vitamin B12 (which helps convert glucose into energy) and less than 100 calories each. OILY FISH Contains lots of protein and omega 3, which are essential to keeping a functioning brain working well. Mackerel, salmon and sardines are amongst the healthiest types of fish. The human brain consumes 20% of the body’s energy, even though it constitutes just 2% of the body weight. It’s an energy guzzler so save your energy for productive positive thoughts. You’re amazing! Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

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ArtHouse 2018

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ICHMOND BOASTS A THRIVING community of artists and what better way to see their work than in their own studios. Art House is the annual celebration of the wealth of creative talent that exists within the Borough, for details of all the artists taking part download the brochure at richmond.gov.uk

29 JENNY KNOWLES CORDY Affordable Fine Art in Vibrant Mixed Media. Ready to Hang. Framed & Fabulous. 29 Sandycoombe Road Twickenham TW1 2LU Tel: 07876 561 757 Email: jennycordy@gmail.com ≈≈≈≈ 30 LIZ VARRALL & ROSIE TURNER Hand built & thrown porcelain & stoneware; original screenprints & etchings - exhibiting with Rosie Turner 2 Arlington Road Twickenham TW1 2BG Tel: 0208 892 6433, Email: liz@lizvarrall.com, lizvarrall.com ≈≈ 32 EEL PIE ISLAND ARTISTS Cartoons, ceramics, glass, jewellery, mosaic, painting, printmaking, and sculpture: Ann Bubis, LeeCambell, Sabrina Cant, Sheba and Simon Cassini, Nikki Clapp, Tracy Dryden, Gina Elsworthy, Sarah Hubacher, Abi Insoll, Delyth Jones, Juliette Losq, Wendy Mackenzie, Nicky O’Connor, Malindi O’Rorke, Nicola Ransom, Hazel Richards, Loraine 4 | TW MAG – June 2018

Schneider, Vicky Steane, Mary Tulloch. Eel Pie Boat Yard, Eel Pie Island, TW1 3DY Tel: 07948 189 595, eelpieislandartists.co.uk, Email: eelpieislandartists@googlemail.com ≈≈≈≈ 33a ROZ FLETCHER New portrait sculptures with supporting 2d work, life drawings and prints. 3 First Cross Road, Twickenham, TW2 5QA Tel: 07956 154 152, Email: rozfletchersculpture@gmail.com ≈≈ 33b SOPHIE COE Drawings, paintings & printmaking. Figurative, seascapes, landscapes & abstracts. 3 First Cross Road, Key to Open Days

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Twickenham, TW2 5QA Tel: 07500 056 690, Email: mailtosophie@gmail.com, sophiecoe.co.uk ≈≈ 34 RACHEL LABOVITCH Paintings, drawings and charcoal of landscapes and nature. 7 Poulett Gardens, Twickenham, TW1 4QS Tel: 07944 911 598, Email: rachel.labovitch@gmail.com ≈≈≈ 35a SASA MARINKOV Wild things. Prints of forests, pools, animals and insurgence. The Studio, Top of the Driveway, Riverside House, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ (Next door to Orleans House Gallery) Tel: 07757 089 590 Email: sasamarinkov@hotmail.co.uk sasamarinkov.co.uk ≈≈≈ 35b JEM PANUFNIK Highly original paintings and prints, corrupted masters and adapted pleasures. The Studio, Top of the Driveway, Riverside House, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ (Next door to Orleans House Gallery) Tel: 07957 121 736, Email: info@jempanufnik.com JemPanufnikArt.com ≈≈≈ 35c RENNIE PILGREM Paintings & Limited Editions. RA selected/short listed 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018 The Studio, Top of the Driveway, Riverside House, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ (Next door to Orleans House Gallery) Tel: 07764 938 907 Email: renniepilgrem@me.com renniepilgrem.co.uk ≈≈≈ 36a TONY LAMMIN Woodworks: engravings, woodcuts, boxes, sculptures all using the medium of wood 3 Church Lane Twickenham TW1 3NX Tel: 0208 892 1146, Email: tonylammin@tiscali.co.uk ≈≈ 6 | TW MAG – June 2018

36b KATE LAMMIN Paintings and collages using text from poems reflecting inner/outer worlds. 3 Church Lane, Twickenham, TW1 3NX Tel: 0208 892 1146 Email: katequicksilver@gmail.com Saturday 23 June, Sunday 24 June 37 IAN SIDAWAY Oil and Watercolour Landscape Paintings. Pembridge Cottage, 10 Strawberry Hill Road, Twickenham, TW1 4PT Tel: 020 8287 8993 Email: iansidaway@ blueyonder.co.uk iansidaway.co.uk ≈≈ 42 JULES MCDONALD Mixed media artist working in both Pop art and Monotype/Monoprint styles. 6 Candler Mews, Twickenham, TW1 3JF Tel: 0208 744 0797 Email: jamarts@mac.com julesmcdonaldart.com ≈≈ 43 TWICKENHAM GREEN ARTISTS Oil, acrylic, watercolour and mixed media paintings of landscapes; still life as well as sketches, life drawing and paintings: Caroline Gallop, Sue Britton, Hilary Girdlestone, Judy Montaghan, Jenny Trattle St Margarets Church Hall, St Margarets Road, Twickenham TW1 2RL Tel: 0208 892 2247 Email: caroline.gallop@hotmail.com Car parking and refreshments available at the venue. ≈≈

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

Booking in advance required, teddington@ babysensory.co.uk. 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

Catch-a-balls

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, heather@catcha-balls.co.uk, catch-a-balls.co.uk. The Crossway, St Stephen Church, 306 Richmond Rd, Twickenham, TW1 2PD

Chatterbooks

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@richmond.gov.uk Twickenham Library, Garfield Rd, TW1 3JT Tel: 020 8734 3340

Dramacube

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 contact@dramacube.co.uk 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. 8 | TW MAG – June 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 kymrichards@hotmail.com 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 twickenham.jojingles.com Holy Trinity Church, Vicarage Rd, TW2 5TS

Kids’ ART Club

16th June 10am – 12 noon 5 -11 yrs, Fun workshops with a different project for each session. January’s workshop is Pop Up Puppets! Limited places, so early booking essential. Tutor: Sarah Richardson. Cost: £13.50 per child, per session, inc. mats. Contact: 020 8977 7558 or info@landmarkartscentre.org

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 rachel@littlewrigglers.co.uk, littlewrigglers. co.uk. Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, TW11

Mini Professors

Fun science for pre-school children. Booking required in advance - £9 per session, Classes last 40 minutes. Thursdays – 10am 3-4 yrs, 11.30am – 2-3 years, 12.30pm – 3-4 years. richmond@miniprofessors.co.uk. 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 10


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Childr 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 info@latinobambino.co.uk

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, artsinfo@richmond.gov.uk 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,singinghands.co.uk

Stagecoach

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 twickenham@stagecoach.co.uk 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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If you are interested in attending any of these activities, please phone first to check the details.

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@ tinytuneslive.com 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 cstryton@betinternet.com 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, bookings@tempotots.com, tempo-tots.com 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 Drama Club

Imaginative, inspiring, confidencebuilding drama! Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Twickenham Library and The Exchange. Various times and classes for ages 2-11 years. www.whiterabbitdramaclub.co.uk (whiterabbitdramaclub@gmail.com).

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 zenchildyoga@gmail.com


Chil dr en ’s P u z z l e

Words go left, right, up and down, but not diagonally, and can bend at a right angle. There are no unsued letters in the grid, every letter is used only once. Answers on page 15. TW MAG – June 2018 | 11


History Focus The Women’s Suffrage Movement in the Borough

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918 WILL PRIMARILY REMEMBERED as the year that the Great War ended but there was also another long standing dispute that was resolved to some extent with the passing of the Representation of the People Act, enabling 8.5 million women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification to vote. This was the culmination of a series of protests and deputations first started by Mrs S Hebditch of Jamaica Terrace, Commercial Road in 1832 in the Middlesex Registration Court. Various reforms were put forward over the next 80 years to give parity for women with men in the election of all matters political. In Hampton, Teddington and Twickenham women demonstrated their intentions by joining the Primrose League and holding offices within it. Apart from this, progress was very slow although by the end of the 19th century women’s suffrage was a national issue. In 1897 Mrs Millicent Fawcett combined several of the smaller women’s societies into the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) and later in 1903 Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst formed the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). Still none of the major national parties would include a section on women’s suffrage in their manifestos. Several attempts were made to introduce private members’ bills into the House of Commons but on each occasion, they were ‘talked out’. Prime Minister Asquith doggedly refused to receive any deputation on the issue of women’s suffrage and he absolutely refused to grant it any parliamentary time. This precipitated a campaign of window-breaking and the arrest of Mrs Emmeline and Miss Christabel Pankhurst for inciting the public ‘to rush’ the House of Commons. April 1908 saw a packed Richmond Theatre audience of the London Society for Women’s Suffrage receive Miss Christabel Pankhurst, who launched an hour long scathing attack on Mr 12 | TW MAG – June 2018

Asquith and Mr Churchill. This was greeted with loud applause and few interruptions (apart from a youth who let off a squib) but on the whole the meeting was remarkably orderly. However the continued denial of the government to discuss the issue resulted in more militant actions by some suffragettes in order to more forcefully publicise their aims. On 8 February 1913, staff at Kew Gardens were astounded to find that two of the orchid houses had been broken into, the plants taken out of their pots and smashed to the ground – ‘an outrage of a peculiarly wanton character’ the Times reported. A scrap of paper was found bearing the inscription ‘Orchids can be destroyed, but not a woman’s honour.’ Mrs Pankhurst confirmed that it was the work of suffragettes. The police had no success in finding the guilty party. On 21 February 1913, in the early hours of the morning, the fire brigade were called to attend

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a fire at the Tea House in Kew Gardens. The pavilion which was a timber building was burnt to the ground in 22 minutes, before the brigade arrived. On this occasion however two women were arrested nearby shortly after the blaze. They were seen running across Old Deer Park playing fields at 3.15am and both threw away bags they had been carrying on realising that they were being pursued. The bags were found to contain a small saw, a hammer, a bundle of tow (a hemp or flax fibre) and three pieces of paper smothered with tar – not exactly the normal contents of a ladies handbag. Cards were found at the scene, ‘hysterically printed’ with the words ‘Peace on Earth, good will to men – when women get the vote.’ They were arrested and charged at Richmond Police Court. They had given their names as Lillian Lenton, aged 22, and Joyce Locke, an art student, aged 23. When charged, Miss Locke picked up a directory and threw it at the head of the Chairman of Magistrates. Luckily it missed. They were refused bail, but Miss Lenton was later released as she had pleurisy and pneumonia. When the hearing resumed a week later Miss Locke was released on bail and was hissed at by a large crowd as she was driven away. The case was committed to the Old Bailey, and at the hearing on 9 March 1913, Miss Locke,(whose real name proved to be Olive Wharry), was sentenced to eighteen months’ imprisonment with costs. Miss Lenton was also found ‘Guilty’ but her sentence is not clear. Miss Locke/Wharry regarded the proceedings as a ‘Good joke’ and she stated that they had both checked that the pavilion was empty before setting fire to it.

Lillian Lenton

The damage caused amounted to £900 and the building which was privately owned by two ladies, was only insured for £500. Miss Locke/Wharry said that they believed that the building belonged to the Crown and regretted the damage but ‘she wished for the two women to understand

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that she was fighting a war, and that in a war even non combatants had to suffer.’ When sentenced, she cried out ‘I will refuse to pay. You may send me to prison, but I will never pay costs.’ They were both sent Olive Wharry to Holloway Prison. Both women went on hunger strike with different results. Lillian Lenton, who was already ill, was force-fed by the prison staff. It took two doctors and seven wardens to restrain her and in the end food entered her lungs which caused her to become seriously ill with pleurisy. This caused a public outcry, made worse by the fact that the Home Secretary of the day, Reginald McKenna denied that she had been force-fed and that her illness was actually caused by her hunger strike. A leading surgeon of the day claimed in a letter to The Times ‘The Home Secretary’s attempted denial that Miss Lenton was nearly killed by the forcible feeding is worthless ... she was tied into a chair and her head dragged backward across the back of the chair by her hair. The tube was forced through her nose twice... after the second introduction when the food was poured in, it caused violent choking.’ To get themselves out of trouble, the Government hastily convened the Cat and Mouse Act whereby suffragettes on hunger-strike in prison could be released on licence when they were too weak to cause any further damage, only for them to be rearrested in the future, on the original sentences. Olive Wharry did not broadcast her hunger-strike, passing her food to other prisoners. This went on for 32 days during which time her weight had dropped from 7st 11lb to 5st 9lb (50 kg to


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36 kg). How the warders failed to notice that anything was wrong beggars belief but Wharry was released into the care of Dr Flora Murray, a WSPU member who cared for hunger strikers after their release from prison. Both Lenton and Wharry avoided re-arrest by a series of clever evasive moves and both went on to re-offend at different locations throughout the UK. Both women received the WSPU hunger strike force-feeding medal, which reads ‘For Valour’ across the top and ‘Hunger Strike’ on the bottom. To be continued... I am indebted to Gerald & Joan Heath’s work The Women’s Suffrage Movement in and around Richmond and Twickenham’ and to The National Archives.

Ken Howe is a local historian and author of several books. howe64@btinternet.com Tel: 020 8943 1513


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ES, I KNOW. IT IS REMARKABLE THAT South Twickenham and Strawberry Hill has a Green Councillor. No doubt you will be wondering what difference we (I lead three others on Richmond Borough Council) will make in the next four years. Firstly, let me say that this is my home. I have lived in Twickenham since 1969, and in South Twickenham Ward for the last 12 years. This is a marvellous place to live, but this should not make for complacency. I regard myself as representing everyone in the Ward, not just those who voted for me. I can promise both to listen and to tell you what is going on. I am results-minded. I recognise that I have to be pragmatic. COOPERATION NOT CONFRONTATION You also have two excellent Liberal Democrat Councillors in your area – Katie Mansfield and Michael Butler. We will coordinate our efforts in responding to issues and individual cases in the Ward. The Greens have built a good relationship with the Liberal Democrats during this year’s Council Election campaign. There is common ground in many areas, and agreement on several important objectives However, this is not a coalition in any form. The Greens will hold the Liberal Democrats, as the ruling Party, to account. We are represented on all the Scrutiny Committees and will act as their critical (but constructive) friend. I do want to emphasise my strong personal view that others of different political persuasion are also committed to serving the community. I don’t expect any Party to have a monopoly of good ideas. WHAT DO WE FACE? The Government has imposed major cuts and austerity on local government. It is difficult for any local council to cope, regardless of the political colour of the Party that controls it. I appreciate the problems that are faced, but I 16 | TW MAG – June 2018

am convinced that there will be some scope for doing the right things that will enhance our living environment and the way we support the vulnerable in our society. Most people recognise the relevance of Green philosophy and policies in a global context. What does it mean in the context of a cash-strapped London Borough? THE IMPORTANCE OF SMALL VICTORIES The Green Party coordinates its campaigns (for example Heathrow and Clean Air) on a Londonwide basis. We have two amazing members on the London Assembly. They set a benchmark on how hard we need to work and how effective Greens can be. Small victories demonstrate that we are heading in the right direction and sustain morale in a community. So, we too will seek to achieve such victories in the community interest in areas such as: • 20mph speed limits on all residential roads • Addressing air pollution as a major and urgent public health concern • Improving our Recycling performance • Lessening the Crisis in Social Care • Protecting our Green Spaces We will also concern ourselves with the needs of small businesses, cyclists, schools and Youth Services to identify and pursue the often bite-size but worthwhile opportunities for improvements. Personally, I am eager to expedite the introduction of Community Parking Zones (CPZs) in our area. TWICKENHAM RIVERSIDE I have been frustrated by the lack of progress for so many years. I want an outcome that delivers something worthwhile and is a regeneration that we can be proud of. This is about creating a new heart for Twickenham. So, we have to get it right and we have to make the process of getting it right an open and transparent one. Let’s not feel disappointed when at the end of this we look around us from the new Town Centre. Cllr Richard Bennett cllr.r.bennett@richmond.gov.uk


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 chelwest.nhs.uk/, 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, mcga.gov.uk Local MP Sir Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat vince.cable.mp@parliament.uk Tel: 020 8977 0606 Council London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Tel: 08456 122660 richmond.gov.uk Emergencies (out of hours) Tel: 020 8891 7413 Local Councillor Public Surgery South Twickenham Ward 2nd Monday of each month at York House between 7pm-8pm. No appointment necessary Associations • Borough of Twickenham Local History Society botlhs.co.uk • Friends of Radnor Gardens friendsofradnorgardens.org.uk • Friends of Twickenham Green email: friends@twickenhamgreen.org twickenhamgreen.org • Richmond Talking Newspaper richmondtalkingnewspaper.org.uk • Strawberry Hill Residents’ Association shra.org.uk

• Twickenham Choral Society email: joining@twickenhamchoral.org.uk twickenhamchoral.org.uk • Twickenham upon Thames Rotary Club tutrotary.org • The Twickenham Society twicksoc.org.uk • Twickenham Town Business Association Tel: 020 8744 0474 email: bruce@ttba.org.uk twickenhamthetown.org.uk • York House Society yorkhousesociety.org.uk Twickenham Library Garfield Road, TW1 3JT, Tel: 020 8734 3340 email: twickenham.library@richmond.gov.uk 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: Closed Twickenham Museum 25 The Embankment, TW1 3DU Tel: 020 8408 0070 twickenham-museum.org.uk OPENING HOURS: Tuesdays and Saturdays: 11am-3pm; Sundays: 2pm-4pm South Twickenham Safer Neighbourhoods Team Twickenham Police Station, First Floor, 41 London Road, TW1 3SY SouthTwickenham.snt@met.police.uk Phone: 0208 247 7015 Try Twickenham Tel: 020 3417 0809, info@trytwickenham.com trytwickenham.com facebook.com/trytwickenham TW MAG – June 2018 | 17


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TW Mag June '18  

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TW Mag June '18  

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