Mon06Jan20146:30 pmSt Anne's Church Kew Green
Many thanks to all who organised yet another fabulous 12th Night Party.
We had almost 70 people enjoy the delicious nibbles served by The Maids of Honour and enjoy wines from The Good Wine Shop.
Don't miss it next year!
Fri21Feb201410:45 amKew Gardens
Sara Redstone, Plant Health & Quarantine Officer at The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew kindly offered to give an illustrated presentation on the history and function of this "behind the scenes" but enormously important building.
Plant quarantine plays an important part in protecting our native biodiversity and is a vital element in the conservation of endangered species in Kew's partner countries.
Sara's talk was extremely interesting and really opened our eyes to some of the problems her department have to cope with on a daily basis.
Sat29Mar201411:00 amMarble Hill House, Twickenham
John Moses, Chairman of the Marble Hill Society, kindly offered to lead a private tour for our members of this English Heritage building.
Marble Hill was built for Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk, the mistress of George II and the architects were Lord Herbert and Roger Morris. The house was built between 1724 and 1729 and is an outstanding example of the English Palladian style.
The house and gardens were intended as an Arcadian retreat from crowded 18th-century London. Its grand interiors have been exquisitely restored and recreated and include a fine collection of paintings of the English 18th century school.
John lead us on a fascinating tour, all the more special as we had the whole house to ourselves!
Wed30Apr20141:15 pmRichmond Park
Our spring season of events began with a wonderful tour of the Royal Ballet School in April, which has been home to the Royal Ballet juniors since 1956. This beautiful neo-classical building was built as a Royal Hunting lodge by George I and commands stunning views over Richmond Park. It was briefly the home to the future King George 6th & his new wife Princess Elizabeth. We also visited the fascinating White Lodge museum which contains many priceless artifacts of the ballet world.
Thu15May20147:30 pmThe Barn Church, Atwood Avenue.
A very popular Hustings was once again hosted by The Kew Society and expertly chaired by Malcolm Welchman at the Barn Church Attwood Avenue, Kew on Thursday 15th May 2014 for the forthcoming elections on May 23rd.
Altogether we had 9 candidates speak from the Labour Party, Liberal Democrats Party, Conservative Party, Green Party and an Independent candidate. UKIP were unable to send anyone due to illness. Over 100 Kew residents came to hear the candidates speak about their policies and answer questions submitted by some of the audience.
Sat14Jun20147:00 pmKew gardens
Fun at Sunset for all the family!
We were extremely lucky to be given the opportunity to host a picnic for our members and their families in Kew Gardens 'after hours'. We spread our blankets out under the Pagoda and enjoyed entertainment by Miss Lala and her amazing balloons and the wonderful tunes of the U-Kew-Lele band. The weather was beautiful and the children ran around enjoying the evening sun.
This photo was taken by Caroline Blomfield from the top of the 250 year old Pagoda, yes many of us climbed the 253 steps to see wonderful views at the top.
Mon22Sep20145:00 pmKew Gardens
Exclusive Members only walk with Tony Kirkham, Head of the Aboretum.
We were thrilled when Tony agreed to conduct a tour of the wonderful Aboretum at Kew Gardens.
Tony Kirkham joined the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London as a diploma student in 1978 and was appointed Head of Kew’s Arboretum in 2001. Walking around the Arboretum, Tony confirms there is always something to learn whilst looking after the 14,000 trees in the Gardens.
Fortunately, the weather was very kind to us and Tony delighted us with many tales, including one of collecting seeds more than 30 years ago that grew into the huge trees he still nurtures today.
Wed15Oct20146:45 pmBarn Church, Attwood Avenue
The Kew Society AGM was held on Wednesday 15th October 2014 at the Barn Church, Attwood Avenue.
The Executive committee hosted a Reception to which all members were very welcome.
The AGM was very well attended and many interesting questions were directed to our new chair Caroline Brock.
Directly after the AGM, Jason Debney, Thames Landscape Strategy Co-ordinator, gave an illustrated talk about the work of the Thames Landscape Strategy - past present & future, which was fascinating. Jason showed us many photographs of the works of the Thames Lansdscape Strategy and focused on their hope and and plans for the future.
The talk was followed by a delicious buffet supplied by the 'Original Maids of Honour' and of course our usual bar.
Here is Jason in action!
Mon10Nov20148:00 pmGood Wine Shop in Kew
Pippa Hayward from the Good Wine Shop in Kew devised an introductory wine course especially Kew Society members. She's a qualified Wine Educator teaching regularly in London. She loves making sense of her pet subject in an informal and easy going way.
Pippa says "Whether you're baffled by Burgundy, mad about Malbec, a Sauvignon fan or a Chardonnay phobe, this course will help you find out why you enjoy some wines and not others - amongst other things!"
The course covered:
- Learning how to taste like a professional
- The gardening and cooking bits - what makes a wine taste as it does
- Comparing New and Old world examples of the same grape
- Deciphering wine labels
13 of our members enjoyed the course which ran for 4 Monday evenings from 8pm at the Good Wine Shop in Kew from November 10th to December 1st with each session lasting 90 minutes, starting at 8pm.
We had a lot of very positive feedback for the course and as a result we shall be planning another very soon.
Tickets for the whole course (four evenings) cost £80 per person.
For previous events please check our archive.