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  • 1 March 2021 - 5 April 2021Literature/Talks/Walks

    The Great Spanish Artists

    Enjoy this journey through Spanish art from the medieval world to the present day.  The  work of the great artists such as Velazquez, Zubaron, Murillo, Goya, Picasso and Dali will be studied as well as the artists who are "hidden from history" which include many women artists.  

    Frequently paintings are linked to musical creations - operas, ballets - there will be opportunities of enjoying the music during the sessions. 

    Course Code:   C2422274

    WEA Richmond Branch (Adult Learning within Reach) event

  • Study day on "Donatello & The Sculpture of the Italian Renaissance"

    £10 donation is requested for this study day of 2 lectures. Each will last 45minutes with a short break in between and tiime for questions. Non-members please email for the Zoom link and payment details.

    Lecture summary
    Donatello may have been born, in Florence, over 600 years ago, but his sculpture is so powerful that it still speaks directly to us today. Working alongside masters such as Brunelleschi, Ghiberti and Masaccio, he was one of the pioneers of the Renaissance and helped to change the way people looked at the world. From delicate idealism and startling realism, to the astonishing emotional force of his later works, this survey looks at the huge range of his sculpture, setting it against the vivid and colourful world of Italian politics in the age of the Renaissance.

    Lecturer details - Jo Walton
    She has combined teaching and lecturing with a career in art bookselling and has been a volunteer guide at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Now a freelance lecturer for The Arts Society, the Art Fund, the National Gallery and Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery and local art societies.

    The Arts Society Richmond event

  • 5 March 2021Visual Arts/Film


    This Week’s Recommendation: Tangerines

    Title: Tangerines
    Estonia/Georgia, 2015    
    87 mins, language: Estonian/Russian/Georgian
    Directed by Zaza Urushadz  

    Tangerines was 774th film screened by RFS on 14th November 2017. It was the third ranked film of Season 55, with an audience rating of 92%.  

    In 1992, Abkhazians are fighting to break free from Georgia. In an Estonian village, Ivo and Margus have stayed behind to harvest the tangerine crop. Two wounded men from opposite sides are left at Ivo’s door and he is forced to take them in. Both are in no fit state to fight, but that doesn’t stop them threatening each other to the death.

    Ivo may be old and hospitable, but in his house it’s his rules and, since he saved them both, he wants unquestioned civility at all times. The soldiers agree and thus ensues a series of scenes that are as tense as they are entertaining.  Ivo knows that, once the both of them recover and
    as soon as they leave his house, they will fight to the death.  Perhaps naively, he thinks that he can persuade these enemies to co-exist through his acts of kindness.

    The film was critically acclaimed and short-listed for the Foreign Language Film Oscar.

    Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune -
    Tangerines can be streamed from Amazon Prime and discs are available from Amazon and other retailers.

    Richmond Film Society event

  • Poetry Evening: 7 March 2021 6-8pm

    Our next Zoom session takes place on Sunday 7 March from 6pm to 8pm. The featured poet is Eddie Chauncy and he will be in conversation with Keith Wait.  Eddie Chauncy is perhaps best described as a poet, philosopher and skilled performer.  Keith Wait has supported PP since its inception and is known throughout the Borough as a reviewer, director and writer of documentary dramas. He has set up many initiatives, including the Mark Aspen Reviews.

    The official host for the evening is Dr. Heather Montford who has been involved with PP almost from the beginning, both as an engaging performer and confident MC.

    To reserve a spot or to join the virtual audience please contact Heather Moulson on  

    Should you wish to go on our mailing list please get in touch withTricia Brown on She will send you a form for you to sign that grants PP permission to contact you directly with copies of our Newsletter and other information. 

    If you wish to read the Mark Aspen Review of our meeting on 7th February 2021, please click on the following link:  







    Poetry Performance event

  • 8 March 2021Museum/Heritage

    Talk - The History of Lawn Crescent


    Five acres, one rood and four perches – Stephen Bartlett explores the early history of Kew’s Lawn Crescent

    Kew Society Annual Joint Meeting with the Richmond Local History Society

    This talk will be available via live stream on our website.

    In this talk Stephen Bartlett, a Kew Society member and Kew resident tells the story of Lawn Crescent, an enclave of Kew, remarkable for its distinctive appearance. Its history sets it apart from other streets around Kew. Who were its first residents and what was the lawn in the centre of the street intended for?





    Kew Society event

  • York House Society meeting

    Members' Meeting, guests welcome
    Speaker: Dr Alison Greenwood, the founder of Dose of Nature, a registered charity established to promote the mental health benefits of engaging with the natural world

    Plus updates on Twickenham riverside and town centre redevelopment, and the Society's Community Garden.

    For Zoom login details contact the Hon Sec Susan Chappell, at

    York House Society event

  • 12 March 2021Visual Arts/Film

    Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years

    This Week’s Recommendation: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years 

    Title: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years 
     USA/UK 2016    
    106 mins, language: English
    Directed by Ron Howard

    Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years was 806th film screened by RFS on 21st March 2019. It was one of the four equal top ranked films of Season 56, with an audience rating of 95%.

    The Touring Years is a 2016 documentary charting the Beatles' career from their humble beginnings at the original Cavern Club in Liverpool through to their final concert at Candlestick Park, with a seating capacity 42,500, in San Francisco in 1966.  In 2017, it won the 59th Grammy Award for Best Music Film.

    What could it be like to be inside the bubble of their skyrocketing fame? an experience that the four alone shared, and which only they fully understood. In Paul’s words, "By the end it became quite complicated, but at the beginning things were really simple". It’s that bubble that interested director Ron Howard. 

    Whatever the Beatles did, they did first and did best, and where they led everyone else followed. 8 Days a Week acknowledges all of that but reminds us that at the centre of it all, for four tumultuous years of live performance, it was all about being four boys in a band.

    Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune -
    Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years can be streamed from Amazon Prime and discs are available from Amazon and other retailers.

    Richmond Film Society event

  • 13 March 2021 - 13 March 2021Choral/Choirs

    Stay and Sing 'Over the Rainbow'


    The perfect opportunity to try out singing with an established chamber choir led by our MD and conductor Hilary Campbell. Despite the limited opportunity to rehearse live during the past 12 months Hilary's hard work and innovation have made it possible for WLCC to continue making music together via Zoom. After a physical and vocal warm up, you'll be learning, rehearsing and finally singing choral arrangements by Elgar, Delibes, Vaughan Williams and Joni Mitchell.

    Alongside regular rehearsals, Hilary has also run multiple successful 'Stay and Sing' events, bringing together larger groups of singers from different communities across the UK and Europe to explore and learn choral works.

    For more information about WLCC please see our website at or follow us on social media

    For more information and to stay up-to-date on future Stay and Sing events, please see

    After signing up, please keep an eye on your inbox, as a pdf of the score and Zoom details will be sent out to all attendees ahead of the event. 

    Tickets £10 (+ booking fee) available from Eventbrite

    West London Chamber Choir event

  • Virtual visit on The Huguenots in London

    Donation of £5 requested. Non-members, please email for the Zoom link and payment details. No tickets required.

    Summary of the walk by two renowned guides
    A virtual walk through Spitalfields and the Huguenots' influence on London

    Speakers' Details 
    Tim Kidd is a City of London guide and Blue Badge guide/lecturer. He has been a speaker at a number of events talking about Huguenot heritage as well as the Huguenots of Spitalfields.Tim conducts walks in the City of London, Wandsworth and Spitalfields.

    Charlie de Wet
    Charlie de Wet is a qualified City of London guide. She has lived in Spitalfields for over 20 years and conducts walks about architecture, immigrants, historic Spitalfields and Huguenot silk weavers. Charlie raises funds by undertaking group tours within the City of London. These include Broadgate art, Wren churches, new architecture in the City, Smithfield and many more.

    The Arts Society Richmond event

  • 16 March 2021Museum/Heritage

    The Paint Detective - an evening with Patrick Baty

    Tuesday 16 March 2021, 7pm
    Online talk via Zoom

    Tickets: £5
    Available from

    An expert on the paint and colours of the past four centuries, Patrick Baty works with homeowners, estates, museums, public bodies and institutions, to reinstate interiors of the past, or to create a scheme sympathetic with the aims of a space and its current and future use.


    In this online talk, Patrick explains how he combines the skills of an historian, detective and analyst to uncover the stories of historic buildings. This will be illustrated with a number of projects that he has completed in the Richmond area, including The King's Observatory.



    Museum of Richmond event

  • Sir Peter Hendy - Fifty Years in Public Transport

    For tickets to this talk please click on the link below:

    The Richmond Society event

  • 18 March 2021Visual Arts/Film

    Street Photography a talk by Nick Turpin

    If you are interested in Street Photography, then Zoom into a talk by Nick Turpin to Richmond & Twickenham Photographic Society at 8 pm on 18 March.  

    Nick founded the International Street Photographers’ Group and has lectured on contemporary street photography at museums, universities and on the TV.

    The talk will run on-line via Zoom from 8 till 10 p.m. with a 15 minute break. 

    Prospective new members are warmly invited to log on to join us for one or two meetings before making a commitment to become a member. Just drop us an email at

    Richmond & Twickenham Photographic Society event

  • 19 March 2021Visual Arts/Film

    A Second Chance

    This Week’s Recommendation: A Second Chance

    Title: A Second Chance
    Denmark, 2014    
    105 mins, language: Danish
    Directed by Susanne Bier

    A Second Chance was 760th film screened by RFS on 29th November 2016. It was the fifth ranked film of Season 54, with an audience rating of 88%.

    To say much about the plot of Suzanne Bier's film about parenthood would be to risk depriving it of its power - the less you know going in, the better. The film is about a married couple, Anna and her policeman husband Andreas, and how they deal with their own tragedy.   Suffice to say it is about the choices we can make when faced with the 'unthinkable'. The film ia an example of how a 'perfect life', can suddenly turn into a living nightmare - and how the wrong choices can be devastating for everyone involved.

    With the extraordinary screen presence of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, this is an entertaining, skilfully crafted and powerful social drama with many twists and turns.

    Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune - 

    A Second Chance can be streamed from Amazon Prime and discs are available from Amazon and other retailers.


    Richmond Film Society event

  • 19 March 2021 - 28 March 2021Visual Arts/Film

    Contemporary Textiles Fair Online

    We are delighted and excited to bring you the Contemporary Textiles Fair Online in 2021! Although we are unable to have a physical fair this year we are planning a fabulous online one instead, featuring an online shop selling artworks and hand-crafted textiles from over 30 exhibitors; including Landmark Textile Fair regulars, as well as some fresh new faces.

    A programme of online talks and seminars. Some ticketed, some free!


    Live demos from artists and makers to tune into each day on our Facebook Page:


    Plus a selection of online textile workshops to book onto, including “Woven Landscapes – weave a wall hanging workshop with Amy Wilson” & E-Textiles Lantern Workshop with Kate Findlay”

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • You People

    Nikita Lalwani in conversation with Harriett Gilbert, presenter of A Good Read on BBC Radio 4.

    'The Pizzeria Vesuvio looks like any other Italian restaurant in London - with a few small differences. The chefs who make the pizza fiorentinas are Sri Lankan, and half the kitchen staff are illegal immigrants.' Nikita Lalwani talks about her new book, a moving novel about the Britain we live in today. 

    The novel asks us to think about the moral choices we face in contemporary Britain and the nature and limits of compassion. When should we help those in need and when should we ignore them?  How do you love your neighbour when there are not enough resources to go around, and what happens if you make a decision that goes wrong?

    Due to the continuing lockdown we are unable to host this event in the church. However, a film of the interview will be made available to all BLS members on 23 March.

    To join the BLS please email

    Barnes Literary Society event

  • Comparing Pathways to Domestication, Agriculture, and Civilisation across Asia and Africa

    by Professor Dorian Fuller UCL.

    Zoom meeting. Members will automatically receive a link to this, but others can email for a free link.

    Lectures are about 1 hour long, with opportunities for questions.

    Richmond Scientific Society event

  • Worshipful Guild of Broderers – Christopher Bellamy QC

    The Worshipful Company of Broderers – 600 years young. The origins of the Livery Companies of the City of London, the history of the Broderers, The modern company, it’s aims and activities.

    Anyone interested in the talk will need to contact the branch via email

    Kingston & District Embroiderers' Guild event

  • 26 March 2021Visual Arts/Film

    Jar City

    This Week’s Recommendation: Jar City

    Title: Jar City
    Iceland, Germany & Denmark, 2006    
    93 mins, language: Icelandic
    Directed by Baltasar Kormákur

    Jar City was 652nd film screened by RFS on 3rd November 2009. It was the fifth ranked film of Season 47, with an audience rating of 84%.

    Jar City is based on one of a popular series of crime novels by Arnaldur Indriason. It is a gripping and intriguing thriller, set against the bleak Icelandic landscape.

    The story starts with the discovery of the body of an elderly man murdered in his basement flat. Meanwhile, Orn mourns the four-year-old daughter who died from a rare congenital disease.

    This dual narrative exerts a powerful and emotional grip, as Inspector Erlendur carries out his crime investigation. The discovery of a photograph seems to link the murder to a 30-year-old unsolved case involving a dead child, but when Erlendur tries to investigate further he runs into a wall of silence.

    These seemingly disparate story lines gradually weave together with a slow, deliberate precision - although so entirely unrelated are the two strands that it's obvious that Orn must have some link to the dead man.

    The director maintains an excellent pace, allowing the mystery to unravel naturally, while keeping us hooked as the various elements gradually link together.

    Jar City is a uniquely Icelandic work -as dark and brooding as the long winter nights, it is infused with a sardonic northern humour, so understated that you almost miss it.

    Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune -
    The film can be streamed from Amazon Prime and discs are available from Amazon and other retailers.

    Richmond Film Society event

  • 30 March 2021Music/Gigs

    Opera Live At Home with mezzo-soprano Joanna Harries

    Young British/New-Zealand mezzo-soprano Joanna Harries will be joined by pianist Ashley Beauchamp. Joanna is a versatile and dynamic performer with a repertoire stretching from baroque to contemporary music.

    In opera she has performed with Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park and British Youth Opera, and she is an Emerging Artist for the Royal Opera House’s “Opera Dots” programme for children.

    “Joanna Harries’s Savitri is the only flesh-and-blood character...Harries sang with conviction and emotional force.”  Neil Fisher – The Times

    Ashley Beauchamp is a repetiteur, conductor, collaborative-pianist and coach based in London. Recent highlights include repetiteur for The Intelligence Park (ROH), Current, Rising (ROH) and Così fan tutte (Waterperry Opera). 2021 will see Ashley conduct Hansel and Gretel for Waterperry Opera and join the music staff at Garsington Opera.

    Programme includes:

    • MOZART - Voi che sapete (Le Nozze do Figaro)
    • BELLINI - Se Romeo (I Capuleti e I Montecchi)
    • STRAUSS JNR - Chacun a son goût (Die Fledermaus)
    • MASSENET - Va! Laissez couleur mes larmes (Werther)
    • WALTON - I was a constant, faithful wife (The Bear)
    • HANDEL - As With Rosy Steps (Theodora)

    For tickets, please click here.

    Helen Astrid Singing Academy event

  • 30 March 2021Museum/Heritage

    History of The King's Observatory

    Tuesday 30 March 2021, 7pm
    Online talk via Zoom

    Tickets: £5
    Available from

    Discover the fascinating story of the King’s Observatory, a hub for scientific research in Richmond for over 200 years. In this online talk, the Museum Team will guide you through the new exhibition, the legacy of this amazing building and the impact it had on the science we use today, from astronomy to timekeeping to predicting the weather!


    Museum of Richmond event

  • The Rotary

    The Rotary by Mark Scudamore, Chris Hack and Brian Holding

    Rotary is an international service organisation that has been going for over 100 years. It brings together business and professional people to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.

    You will learn what Rotary is today and about the activities of one of the Rotary clubs in our Borough. Our speakers are Mark Scudamore and Brian Holding - two long-serving Rotarians - and Chris Hack, the new boy.

    Please contact for Zoom link

    University of the Third Age (U3A) Richmond event

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Wednesday 2 December 2020, 19:30
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Young Writers Festival Competition

Young Writers Festival Competition

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The Roger McGough Annual Poetry Prize 2020

Roger McGough

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