Events

  • Sat
    21
    Jan
    2017
    11am & 11.15amThe National Archives

    The National Archives 'Behind the Scenes' tours  on January 21st are sold out. Three further dates are available on March 11th, March 18th and April 1st.

  • Wed
    22
    Feb
    2017
    6:30 pmThe National Archives

    Wednesday February 22nd 2017

    Alexander Road by Caroline Blomfiedl 2011

    (Photo by Caroline Blomfield 2011)

    At the National Archives, Ruskin Avenue, Kew.

    6.30pm Doors open

    7-8pm talk followed by questions.

    Craig Ruddick, the Arboriculture Manager at Richmond Council is kindly coming to talk to Kew Society members once again to give an update on tree planting, maintenance and diseases in the Kew area - to include the Tree of Heaven, Ailanthus altissima.

    This is a chance for Kew Society members to get those niggling questions answered about historic trees, new planting, maintenance and reduction of dieses.

    Please do come along and take part. If you have a question, please email secretary@kewsociety.org no later than Friday 17th February so that  we can try to ensure you get an answer on the day.

    Tickets are free and are for Kew Society Members and £3 for non-members

    If you are not a member and would like to join and come along, please download our membership form here.

    (photo by Caroline Blomfield 2011)

  • Sat
    25
    Feb
    2017
    7:00 pmPriory Road Tennis Club House

    The Kew Society Annual Party is on Saturday February 25th, 7pm

    We are delighted to invite our members and their guests to the Priory Park Tennis Club for a chance to socialise with other members and enjoy a little fun we have in store.

    The Pomegranate Kitchen will be supplying some delicious canapes and there will be a paying bar.

    Tickets are on sale now and cost £15 for members & £17.50 for members guests.

    To pay by cheque (no fees) please download the booking form here.

    To book on line (with fees) please click the link here

    We look forward to welcoming you to the party.

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  • Sat
    11
    Mar
    2017
    11:00 amThe National Archives

    These tours are now full.

    We will be requesting further dates soon.

    Please email Sue May at events@kewsociety.org to add your name to the waiting list.

  • Fri
    17
    Mar
    2017
    7:00 pmThe National Archives

    Doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts at 7pm.

    'A Riverside View of Georgian London'

    'The past and the present - for the future'

    John Inglis and Jill Sanders are behind a project to present a travelling photographic panorama of 52 miles of Thames riverbanks as a direct comparison with the historic Leigh Panorama, the 60ft extravaganza of 1829, which John has painstakingly digitally restored.

    As well as being an impressive technical accomplishment (John Inglis is a former special effects designer), the project gives a dramatic onscreen demonstration of how much and in some places, how surprisingly little, London has changed over the past two centuries.

    Jill and John will be showing an introductory film along with their talk.

    Tickets will be available on the door on the night.

    Kew Society members £3

    Non members £5

    Thames picture

  • Sat
    18
    Mar
    2017
    11:00 amThe National Archives

    This tour is now full, we will be requesting new dates soon.

    Please email Sue May at events@kewsociety.org to add your name to the waiting list.

  • Wed
    22
    Mar
    2017
    7:00 pmThe National Archives

    The Kew Society committee is calling an EGM to:

    1. approve the changes to the constitution of The Kew Society, creating a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (C.I.O)
    2. to register The Kew Society as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with the Charity Commission
    3. to transfer the assets of the present unincorporated association to the new Charitable Incorporated Organisation
    4. to close the unincorporated association

    Following the EGM, there will be drinks and a chance to meet other members, Patrons and the committee.

    Explanatory Notes on Incorporation of the Kew Society

    CIO Constitution (23 pages)

  • Tue
    28
    Mar
    2017
    7:00 pmThe National Archives

    You are invited to attend a public meeting on local air pollution.

    MASC (Make Air Safe & Clean) brings together on a single committee representatives of various local groups with interests in air pollution in the Borough of Richmond and neighbouring areas.

    The Kew Society is represented by Professor Roger Mason.

    Speakers :

    Prof Roger Mason on local air pollution and health

    Caroline Russell AM, GLA, on the London mayor's Action Plan

    Jason Andrews, LBRuT EH Pollution Manager on Richmond Council's Action Plan

     

    Question and Answer session will follow with

    Cllr Peter Buckwell LBRuT Cabinet Member for Highways

    Cllr Pamela Fleming LBRuT Cabinet Member for Environment.

     

     

  • Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017
    11am & 11.15amThe National Archives

     

    This tour is now fully booked.

    To add your name to the waiting list - click the link here 

    There are more tours available on June 16th

    If you have any questions please email Sue May at events@kewsociety.org

  • Wed
    03
    May
    2017
    7:00 pmThe National Archives

     Talk by Simon Inglis (author, Played in London)

    Putney to Kew

    "Charting the heritage of the world’s most historic watercourse”

    Everyone knows that the University Boat Race starts at Putney and ends at Mortlake. But why? And what effect has this quirk of sporting history had upon the Surrey and Middlesex banks of the Thames between two famous points?

    In this illustrated lecture, author and historian Simon Inglis – editor of the English Heritage series, Played in Britain – takes us on a lively tour of the boathouses, bridges pubs, embankments and landmarks that line the river between Putney and Kew, interweaving architecture with sporting, social and urban history, with a bit of Michael Jackson and AP Herbert thrown in for good measure.

    Tickets on the door £3 Members & £5 non members

  • Fri
    02
    Jun
    2017
    6:15 pmKew Gardens at Elizabeth Gate, Kew Green.

    We are delighted to offer our members a private guided tour by The Historic Royal Places of The Kew Palace and The Royal Kitchens.

    Tickets are £8 per members and will include a glass of wine at the end of the tour. Please note that although the Palace has a lift to all of the floors, the Kitchens do not and there are quite a few steps and uneven paths.

    Please click here to book tickets by credit card (with fees)

    Please click here to download the form to pay by cheque (no fees)

    There are only 25 places available and this is likely to be a popular tour so don't delay - book today!

     

  • Mon
    05
    Jun
    2017
    7:30 pmDuke Street Church, Richmond. TW9 1DH

    Your chance to hear the local Parliamentary candidates' views and then ask your questions.

    Pre-submitted questions will stand a greater chance of being taken but there will be an opportunity for questions from the floor.

    Please send your questions in advance by noon Friday 2nd June, either via email to secretary@kewsociety.org or by post to Secretary, The Kew Society, 32 Alexandra road, Kew Richmond TW9 2BS

    The Hustings are being hosted jointly by The Richmond Society and The Kew Society.

    All welcome, admission free.

    Map link to Duke Street Church

     

  • Fri
    16
    Jun
    2017
    11am & 11.15amThe National Archives

    We are delighted that the National Archives have offered our members another two 'Behind the Scenes' tours that have proved very popular. The cost now is £11 for a members' only ticket. (The earlier tours were a trial price)

    This is a ticketed event. The National Archives has confirmed that tours are fully accessible, but do require walking fitness, as it is quite a large building even on the flat! Tours last approximately 90 minutes.

    The tour will visit the repositories and reading rooms and view some original and historic public records. If any tour attendees have a particular area of interest amongst the records held at the archives please let us know at the time of booking. The National Archives has offered to check if there are any original records that can be produced for viewing during the tour.

    To book online for Friday June 16th please click the link here (with fees)

    To download the form to pay by cheque  (without fees) please click here.

    If you have any questions please email Sue May at events@kewsociety.org

  • Sat
    17
    Jun
    2017
    11am - 6pmKew Green

    Once again the Kew Midsummer Fete is coming to Kew Green and The Kew Society will be having a stall. This year, in tune with National Civic Day, we will be celebrating our local area so please come along to out stand and see whether you can identify locations in Kew from a display of photographs - there will be some teasers!

     

  • Sat
    29
    Jul
    2017
    6:00 pmPriory Road Tennis Club House

    The Kew Society Summer Party is on Saturday July 29th, 6pm

    We are delighted to invite our members and their guests once again to the Priory Park Tennis Club for a chance to socialise with other members and enjoy a little fun we have in store. The Spring party was so successful, we couldn't resist organising another one!

    The Pomegranate Kitchen will be supplying some delicious canapes and there will be a paying bar.

    Tickets are on sale now and cost £15 for members & £17.50 for members guests.

    To pay by cheque (no fees) please download the booking form here.

    To book on line (with fees) please click the link here

    We look forward to welcoming you to the party.

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  • Sun
    13
    Aug
    2017
    10:00 amLondon Wetland Centre Barnes

    We were delighted to have the chance to offer our Members the opportunity to enjoy an early Sunday morning tour of the London Wetland Centre in Barnes.

    The volunteer guides, Mike, who is also a Kew Society members, and Angela, led a fascinating tour and we learnt about otters, water birds, ducks, dragonflies, water voles and lapwings - mixed in with snippets about planting, wildlife and their habitats. It was a perfect opportunity to explore the beautiful open-air walkways among the lakes and pools of this 105 acre site, perfect for spotting birds and other wildlife residents. We were also blessed with the most beautiful weather.

    If you missed our tour we heartily recommend that you take some time to pop along. It is a wonderful facility right on our doorstep.

     

     

    For further information about The Wetlands Centre please follow this link

    For a map of the Wetlands Centre please follow this link

  • Sat
    16
    Sep
    2017
    10am - 4pmThe National Archives

    To celebrate 40 years in Kew, The National Archives are opening their doors. There will be many free tours and talks through the day. Click here to their website for more details.

    The Kew Society will be on hand all day to talk about our work and to encourage new members to join us.

     

  • Wed
    27
    Sep
    2017
    5:30 pmRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Tour of the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic gardens, Kew by Ethobotanist and Curator, Mark Nesbitt is now full.

    Please see new dates in January.

     

     

  • Thu
    28
    Sep
    2017
    5:30 pmRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Tour of the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic gardens, Kew by Ethobotanist and Curator, Mark Nesbitt is now full.

    Please see new dates in January.

     

     

  • Mon
    16
    Oct
    2017
    7pm - 8.30pmThe National Archives

     

    West London Waste and Recycling team gave an eye-opening presentation to Kew Society members in July 2016.

    We have asked for a follow-up meeting to check what progress has been made or changes are afoot to implement new initiatives.

    This is your opportunity to get direct answers on the basic upkeep and services of the Kew area.

    How does this area fit with national policy? Can we do anything better? What hasn't worked?

    Don't miss this important talk by Emma Hall from The West London Waste Authority who has kindly agreed to come and talk to Kew Society members about the impact of waste on our community. Come along with your ideas and questions.

    Doors open at 6.30pm & talk starts at 7pm.

    Link to the West London Waste Authority

  • Mon
    23
    Oct
    2017
    9:15 amWestminster

    Members are invited to enjoy a free tour of the House of Commons, the House of Lords and Westminster Hall.

    The tour will last approximately 75 minutes, after which there will be a break for lunch (optional) and then an opportunity to meet Zac Goldsmith MP for an informal chat.

    Places are available on a first come first serve basis. Please email Sue on events@kewsociety.org for more details.

     

     

  • Wed
    25
    Oct
    2017
    6:45 pmThe National Archives

    To all members, please join us at The National Archives for our Annual General Meeting.

    We will welcome you at 6.45pm for a drink with the committee, followed by the AGM at 7pm.

    Afterwards there will be a chance to socialise and catch up with other members and the committee.

    We look forward to seeing you then.

  • Wed
    01
    Nov
    2017
    7pm - 8.30pmThe National Archives

    We are delighted that Lucinda Ganderton has agreed to talk to The Kew Society. She will reveal how Queen Victoria's laundry was washed in Richmond and transported here by a special train. The Royal laundry, designed by Prince Albert, stood in Kew Foot Road and for nearly 80 years dealt with a vast amount of royal washing from bloomers and petticoats to table linen and cleaning cloths.

    Bring along your friends & neighbours for this evening. Doors open at 6.45pm.

    Tickets are £3 for members and £5 for non members.

     

  • Thu
    30
    Nov
    2017
    6pm-9pmSt Winefrides Church Hall, Leyborne Park, Kew.

    As part of the next phase of the village planning process, the council are hosting a number of 'Question Time' events across the borough.

    For Kew, our chance is on November 30th 2017 from 6pm to 9pm at St Winefrides Church Hall in Leyborne Park.

    Residents will be able to quiz the Leader and Cabinet Members about priorities for their local area and hear about future collaboration opportunities with the Council and other local organisations.

    The website link for the detailed agenda and how you can submit your questions in advance is here

     

     

  • Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017
    6.45pm for 7pm startThe National Archives

    Following a fascinating presentation by Professor Roger Mason earlier this year, the Kew Society have invited Roger to present an update to our members on this incredibly important subject.

    The meeting will provide an update of recent air pollution activities in Kew, including the "Clear Air for Schools" project in the summer and the Kew Society member's project investigating pollution levels outside their houses.

    It will also briefly review recent national and local government policies which impact on our future air quality including the London Mayor's "Transport Strategy", his "Environment Strategy", and Richmond Council's Air Quality Action Plan 2017-2022". 

    Tickets available on the door – All welcome.

    Kew Society members  £3 & non-members  £5

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