About The Kew Society

About The Kew Society

The Kew Society, which is more than 100 years old, is an influential organisation dedicated to enhancing the beauty and character of Kew with its historic legacy of buildings and green spaces.

In 1987 the Kew Society became a registered charity.

Main Aims of The Kew Society

Main Aims of The Kew Society

To review all planning applications in Kew with special regard to the architectural integrity and character of the neighbourhood.

To play an active role in the improvement of local amenities.

Keeping residents in touch with what is happening in their community.

To achieve its aims The Kew Society

To achieve its aims The Kew Society

Works closely with Local Government Councillors and the local Member of Parliament

Monitors all the planning applications and comments as needed

Makes representations to public and private organisations

Works with other organisations involved with local environmental issues including our green spaces, the towpath, pollution and aircraft noise.

Committee and Volunteers

Committee and Volunteers

The Kew Society is run by unpaid volunteers.  The Executive Committee meets eleven times a year while sub-committees look after particular areas of interest.

The Society organises community events including parties, picnics, lectures and outings and produces the Kew Society Newsletter with information about general local issues, events, planning matters and forthcoming activities.

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Event Information:

  • Mon
    7:30 pmSt Annes Church, Kew Green

    'Zoffany in Kew'

    The Kew Society is delighted to be joining with the Friends of St Anne's and The Richmond Local History Society, to promote this talk about Zoffany in Kew by Frances Hughes.

    Tickets are available on the door for £4

    Doors open at 7.30pm. Talk 8pm

    John Zoffany (1733-1810) is buried in St Anne's Church graveyard. He lived in Strand on the Green and seems to have enjoyed a somewhat stormy relationship at St Anne's. An immigrant, born Johan Zoffanij, he first made his name as a theatrical painter, patronised by Garrick; he then made a fortune out of his portraits of the royal family. However, his lifestyle was so extravagant that he had to go off to India to make himself another fortune. One of his more famous pictures there, somewhat surprisingly, was a Last Supper, and on his return George III suggested that he paint another one for St Anne's.

    His choice of models was characteristically eccentric. Most of the disciples were appropriately local fishermen - all of whom would be known from then on by their apostolic names! - but he cast himself as St Peter, his own young wife as St John and a prominent member of St Anne's Vestry - a lawyer with whom he had quarrelled over making his will - as Judas Iscariot. (He had played a similar trick in his Indian painting) St Anne's refused to pay unless he agreed to repaint the figure; so Zoffany gave the painting to St George's Brentford. It can now be seen in St Paul's, also in Brentford.

    Frances Hughes is a freelance lecturer in Art and Theatre History for the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS), the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery and tour guide at the Garrick Club. She is Chair of the Irving Society and Chair of the Henry Irving Foundation and from 1990 to 2010 was Hon. Sec of the Shakespeare Reading Society (founded in 1875). She spent 38 years in education (including 18 as a headteacher)