Tue06Jan20156.30 - 8.30pmSt Annes Church, Kew Green
The Kew Society Annual 12th Night Party
The committee was delighted to welcome many of our members to our relaxed celebration of Christmas and the New Year. Our heartfelt thanks to all the team for making it such a festive occasion and a welcome diversion.
The delicious canapés supplied by the Maids of Honour were kindly prepared by Louisa and the wines supplied by The Good Wine Shop.
We were very pleased that it wasn't as snowy as this lovely picture by Caroline Blomfield!
Tue24Feb20155:00 pmThe Jodrell Lecture Theatre Kew Gardens
The Jodrell Theatre in Kew Gardens was packed to capacity to hear a fascinating talk by Susanne Groom who is a local author (Kew Palace The Official Illustrated History & At the Kings Table, Royal Dining Through The Ages) and the former Collections Curator for the Historic Royal Palaces.
Susanne took us on a tour of the lost 18th century buildings and follies in Kew Gardens, considering why they may have been built and speculating the effects they produced on those who viewed them.
We are exceedingly grateful to Susanne for giving up her time to come and talk to us.
The Temple of Aeolus, copyright RGB Kew
Thu19Mar201510:00 amRiverside, Kew to Richmond
Jason Debney from the Thames Landscape Strategy led a group of Kew Society members on a fascinating Thames-side walk from Kew to Richmond on Thursday. Work is in hand to restore the historic landscape from the King's Observatory to the river, and there are plans to run ferries to the Kew side of the river from Brentford and Isleworth. Jason told us about the impact of higher tide levels, and the constant need for volunteers to help the Strategy team in their conservation work.
Wed22Apr20157:15 pmDuke Street Church, Richmond
The Richmond Society and The Kew Society hosted a
GENERAL ELECTION HUSTINGS to MEET ALL THE CANDIDATES
There was an excellent turnout to the General Election Hustings we jointly organised last night. About 300 people came along to ask questions of all 5 candidates standing for Richmond Park and North Kingston, a marginal seat where the majority at the last election was just under 4,000 votes.
Photographs from the event can be viewed by clicking here.
As Charities we are apolitical, so in a good position to facilitate the debate. This was the biggest attendance so far for Hustings organised in this constituency. Many who came along are already members of our Societies but there were new faces too as the event was open to non-members.
We hope many will now join up to support what we do and take part in our events as a fun way to get to know people in our communities as well as learning more about the place we live in.
Could you be a new member too? Take a look at our websites for more about what we do and how to join us: www.kewsociety.org and www.richmondsociety.org.uk. The more members we have the stronger our voice to influence improvements in the area. We already each represent about 5-6% of the population of our communities – not bad but we have ambitions for more!
Caroline Brock, Chair Kew Society Ian Bruce, Chair Richmond Society
To view photographs of the Hustings click here
Sun10May20152:00 pmSandycoombe Road, St Margaret's
Private Guided Tour of Turners House
Exclusive to Kew Society Members
Sunday May 10th 2015
We were delighted that Kew Society members were offered a guided tour of Sandycombe Lodge in St Margaret's. Our thanks must go to the three guides who gave us a very interesting tour of this gem of a building that is hidden away in St Margaret's.
The house was designed c1813 by the great landscape painter JMW Turner for his use as a small country retreat where he lived with his father. The house is in its 'pre-conservation' state and fund raising is under way to conserve this important building as a monument to Turner.
We look forward to coming back when the restoration is complete post 2016.
Sue May, Events Team
This is a picture that the restorers are working to inspire the renovation work.
This is the house as it is today.
Members enjoying the talk on a lovely sunny afternoon.
The view from the garden
Sat20Jun201511:00 amKew Green
Kew Fete 2015
11am - 6pm
The Kew Society will be displaying the winning photographs from their schools competition 'What Catches Your Eye'
Come along to our stall and see what the children of Kew have been up to.
And have a look at the other wonderful 99 stalls at the fete, now in its 6th year! Maybe enter your dog into the dog show or just enjoy the music. Whatever your fancy there will be something for everyone.
Mon22Jun20158pm - 9.30The Good Wine Shop Kew
Wine Tasting Course for Kew Society Members
"Classic Regions of Europe"
The course took place over four Mondays June 22nd & 29th, July 6th & 13th at 8pm - 9.30 in The Good Wine Shop.
Following the success of the introductory course at the end of last year, The Good Wine Shop devised a follow-up course for Kew Society members featuring a more detailed look at four classic European wine regions. The course was led again by Wine Educator, Pippa Hayward.
In each session members tasted four representative wines from each of the following areas – Bordeaux, Rioja, the Loire valley and the Veneto.
Members discovered what makes a “Right Bank” wine different to a “Left Bank” one in Bordeaux; why a tiny corner of northeast Italy enjoys such a high profile; how a traditional region like Rioja is changing and what explains the sheer diversity of wines along the Loire valley.
The course aimed to hone tasting skills and develop understanding of how history, climate, geography and sometimes even fate, can combine to produce wines unique to a particular area.
Comments on the introductory course:
“This was my first wine course and Pippa was fab, lovely manner. I learnt a lot.” “Pippa is an excellent teacher and impressively well informed.”
“...made me more confident about coming in to a wine shop and asking for advice or questions.”
“A lovely course...I cannot drink a bottle now without thinking about the mouthfuls from start to finish!”
Sat27Jun20154pm - 8pmPensford Field
Pensford Field and The Kew Society Summer Picnic Party
We are delighted to be joining forces with the Pensford Field Environmental Trust for our summer party this year.
We will have live music during the afternoon from local bands, children's story telling, a Pimms bar and the chance to catch up with friends and enjoy the surroundings of this wonderful area, lovingly conserved for future generations.
Bring a rug and your picnic, and lots of spare change for our raffle.
We are hoping to raise much needed funds for the leaking roof in the studio, a valuable space used by schools and local groups for environmental education.
Tickets are £5 per adult and children up to & including 16 are free.
Bring your neighbours, friends and family but unfortunately not dogs due to the wildlife.
Spread the word - it's going to be lots of fun!
Sat04Jul201510:00 - 15:00St Anne's Church
There will be a Table Top Sale at St Anne's Church, Kew Green, TW9 3AA.on Saturday 4th July, 10.00 am-3.00 pm to raise funds for improved and more environmentally friendly floodlighting for St Anne's.
Over 15 stalls will be selling books, artwork, china, ornaments, household items and jewellery. Do come along to find new treasures for your home or perhaps a gift for that hard-to-buy-for friend or relative.
The Friends of St Anne's Church, Kew
Further details in the attached document
Wed15Jul20158:00 pmCoach & Horses Hotel, Kew Green
Need help with House Plant problems ?
Look no further - Richard Ward (ex Kew Gardens student and Kew resident) is giving a free talk all about houseplants at the Rotary Club of Kew Gardens supper meeting.
Bring your own diseased, sick or needy specimens and Richard will endeavour to offer a hands on demonstration. Plus discussions on propagation, staking, tying, potting, watering, soil pests and diseases.
For supper the staff will take your Individual a la carte meal orders at 8pm, cash payment to the Club Treasurer during the evening.
Booking by email to email@example.com before 12 noon on Monday 13th 2015.
Queries to Richard Ward on 020 8878 6696 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat05Sep201511:00 amKew Green
Celebrating 71 years of the Kew Horticultural Show!
It is one of the few produce shows in the London area that still uses a large marquee to display prize winning fruit flowers and vegetables alongside cakes, preserves and handicrafts.
There are also categories for children's entries.
Around Kew Green there are many stalls a BBQ and tea tent, sideshows and a jaz band. Among the crowds there is a village atmosphere of people greeting old friends, but of course all are welcome.
The stalls open at 11am, the displays in the marquee open at 1.30 pm after the judging has taken place. The prizes will be awarded at 4.30 pm by Richard Barley, Director of Horticultural at the Royal Botanic Gardens and the produce will be auctioned at 5.30 pm.
If you wish to enter any of the categories click here for The Kew Horticultural Society website
Come and see us at The Kew Society stall - play games and talk to the committee.
Wed09Sep20152:00 pmOsterley House
The Kew Society's second visit to Osterley House this year was a real treat.
The room guides were full of fascinating facts and we all spent a long time being amazed by the history of the house (see below). We loved the story of the marigolds - ask when you go yourself!
The grand staircase has a copy of a Rubens above your head.
The Blue Room is a beautiful dressing room.
Osterley House, once described by Horace Walpole as 'the palace of palaces', Osterley was created in the late 18th century by architect and designer Robert Adam for the Child family to entertain and impress their friends and clients.
Today the house is presented as it would have looked in the 1780s; enter the house as the family's guests would have via the impressive stone steps leading up to the portico.
Wed14Oct20156:30 pmThe National Archives
The National Archives have kindly opened their doors for The Kew Society to host their AGM.
Entrance via Ruskin Avenue on foot or by car via Bessant Drive to the carpark.
Doors open & a welcome drink at 6.30pm
AGM 6.45 - 7.30pm
Talk 7.30 - 8.30
After the AGM we are delighted to announce that William Spencer, Principle Military Specialist at The National Archives will talk about how the WW1 records are kept at The National Archives and how the people of Kew contributed to WW1.
Drinks & Canapes & a chance to socialise after the talk.
The 'Genuine Dining Company' have kindly agreed to supply canapes for after the talk.
Tickets for the AGM are free but must be obtained in advance due to security at The National Archives.
Tickets for the After AGM event are £14 per person.
We look forward to seeing you there. Come and talk to the committee, air your views, come and help us. We have lots of opportunities, no matter how small to help and support The Kew Society in everything it does for Kew and its surroundings.
Mon09Nov20156:00 pmThe National Archives
You may have noticed that some trees which the council maintains along our roads or in our open spaces have been felled recently or, as with the Plane tree in Station Parade, are being considered for felling.
Several members have been asking us why ?
To answer your questions and for an opportunity to hear about the councils policies on tree maintenance, including when and how they are replaced if felling is necessary, we have arranged this members only meeting with Councillor David Linnette and Craig Ruddick, Aboriculture Policy and Planning Office at Richmond Council.
We would like to get a better shared understanding of the policies and perhaps identify a better process for letting the community know of what is planned in Kew.
Please do come along and take part. If you have a question, please email email@example.com no later than Friday 30th October so that we can try to ensure you get an answer on the day.
Tickets are free but must be obtained in advance due to security requirements at The National Archives. Closing date for tickets is Sunday November 8th.
This is a member only meeting. If you are not a member, we would be delighted if you will join us by downloading the membership form from the 'Join Us' section. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again we are delighted and very grateful to The National Archives for offering their excellent meeting room to The Kew Society for this meeting.
The Kew Society members & guests were treated to a fascinating tour of the Poppy Factory.
For over 90 years, The Poppy Factory in Richmond, Surrey, has provided employment for ex-Service men and women making remembrance poppies, crosses and wreaths for The Royal Family and The Royal British Legions's Poppy Appeal. We were delighted to have this chance to tour the factory and view the important work that goes on.
We enjoyed a wonderful presentation and introductory film about the Poppy Factory and its history with Brian our tour guide, followed by a visit to the shop floor to see how poppies and wreaths are made.
The members donated £150 in total from their ticket price to the Royal British Legion Poppy Factory.
Mary Done also produced a very interesting document which details more about the land and the surrounding area. Click here to read more.
Richmond Theatre is turned 116 in 2015 and they ran a series of tours. The Kew Society were lucky enough to be able to book one exclusively for our members,
We stepped back in time and 'tread the boards' in the famous footsteps of Charlie Chaplin, Sir Laurence Olivier and Dame Judi Dench.
The tour was very well received and Lauren the tour guide had everyone in fits!
Hopefully we may get the chance to do this again in 2016.
For previous events please check our archive.