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A rather boring triangle of grass and trees opposite Teddington Memorial Hospital, where Hampton and Stanley Roads meet, has been transformed with the addition of two beautiful flower beds. For three years The Teddington Society, the Council’s Parks’ department and Strawberry Hill House together with Squires Garden Centre Twickenham we’ve made it a reality. Graham Golledge planned the bed on the Hampton Road side for the Teddington Society and Kate Robinson, Gardener In Charge at Strawberry Hill House planned the one on Stanley Road which features plants that Horace Walpole would know. Volunteers planted them up on Thursday 29th September with lots of help from Continental Landscapes, the Council’s contractor who maintain the site. Over the years we’ve had help from the Mayor of London’s Office under Boris Johnson too. The plants were purchased from Squires with money raised at Teddington In Flower.

Sadly one of the original planners from the Teddington Society has died so this project is lovingly dedicated to the late Carolan Shaw. We hope this will bring pleasure to many people for years to come.

Our Stall

June 26th seems a long time ago now but once again the Fair ran smoothly and everyone there seemed delighted with the Pram Race and all the free entertainment organised by Lesley Bossine, Manager of the Landmark Arts Centre.

Thanks are due in great measure to our main sponsor Lensbury who will be sponsoring us again on Sunday June 25th 2017. The NPL again sponsored us and had an intriguing tent with Harry Potter-like smoke billowing out!! TW11 Magazine ran free ads for us and new sponsor Sainsbury’s pitched in too.

Anytainment Inflatables were manned by volunteers from St. Mary’s Church. Dexters ran their popular Pimms Bar and donated all their profits to us as did the Toylander car which was driven by loads of eager small lads and a policeman. Cash contributions came from Vince’s Ice Creams, Shambles Bar & Restaurant, Mr Pig Stuff burgers, Tipplesworth Cocktails & the Church Hall teas altogether enabling us to donate £1,500 to local charities.
I have personally thanked all our volunteers but would like here to thank former Lion Brian Stanton our main Marshall and Tim Cannings, the Landmark’s Technical & Operations Manager, who bore the brunt of meeting LBRuT’s much more stringent rules and regulations this year.


Fair Crowd

Go Mo
“Four years ago, Royal Mail painted its Broad Street post box gold in Mo Farah’s honour after he won the 5,000 metres at the London Olympics. In the fortnight of this year’s Rio Olympics, where Mo won gold for the 10,000 metres, a local fan quite rightly added a suitable update.”
Photo by Peter Denton

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The Teddington Society with the help of the Council planted a Black Walnut (Juglans Nigra) tree in Park Road last week to honour the memory of Joan Freeman a Vice President of the Society who died last December aged 96. Having joined the Society when it began in the 1970s, Joan organised Teddington In Flower for nearly 20 years, she organised Flower Shows and helped plant the birch trees in the High Street so a tree in her memory is particularly apt. Her daughter Jill and granddaughter Kate helped with the planting by adding the last spadeful of soil. Craig Ruddick, the council’s Arboriculture Officer chose the Black Walnut for this spot and arranged for Gristwood and Toms to supply and plant it. About 20 members of the Society watched including President, Baroness Hilton. Afterwards refreshments were had in the garden of the newly refurbished Adelaide pub. Given the current heatwave members who live nearby have been asked to do the occasional watering to help it get established.

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