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The Kew Society
13 Ruskin Avenue
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 4DR
Registered Charity number 1173016

Executive Committee

Please use the following email addresses to contact the committee members directly.

Chair

Caroline Brock

chair@kewsociety.org

Hon. Treasurer

Mike Adams

treasurer@kewsociety.org

Hon. Secretary

Claire Bethel

secretary@kewsociety.org

Planning

Martin Taylor, Caroline Brock, Christopher Cannon, John Oxley, John Ricketts, Alice Shackleton, Gregory Simoes

planning@kewsociety.org

Membership

Michael Fletcher (non-committee)

membership@kewsociety.org

Events

Mary Done (non-committee)

events@kewsociety.org

Environment

Avril Dalglish, Venetia Harper, Roger Mason

environment@kewsociety.org

Website

Nick Hutchings (non-committee)

webmaster@kewsociety.org

Press and PR

Nora Dennehy

pr@kewsociety.org

Newsletter Editor

Claire Bethel

Supporters

Sue May & Jane Hogan: Events

Greyhound Pub Kew Green who kindly host our monthly meetings

Patrons

Nick Baird

Portraits of Nick Baird Chief Executive of UKTI

Nick Baird has been Group Corporate Affairs Director of Centrica plc since March 2014.

Before that he had a long and varied career in Government. He was CEO of UK Trade and Investment, Director General in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and British Ambassador to Turkey. He was a member of the Board of the FCO and of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

He is a non-Executive Director of Nordanglia Education, a member of the Advisory Council of the Sheffield University School of Management, was on the Cole Commission giving advice on exports to the Labour party before the last general election and is a member of the Development Committee of the Prince’s Teaching Institute.

Importantly for us he a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Sir David Durie

Sir David Durie

Sir David Durie and his wife, Sue, have been Kew residents since 1977 when they have not been abroad.

David is a retired public servant, working mainly in the Department of Trade and Industry and in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He was Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Gibraltar from 2000-2003 and UK Deputy Ambassador to the European Union from 1991-1995.

He is currently co-chair of Governors at The Queen’s School and is also a Patron of the Kew Community Trust.

Gudrun Edwards

Gudrun Edwards

Gudrun Edwards has lived in Kew with her husband David since 1965. She is a founder and, until this summer, leader of the Kew Sinfonia which was established in 1986. She gives many recitals, performs as a soloist with various orchestras and is a well known music teacher in west London. She is now, with her husband, President of the Kew Sinfonia.

Sir Donald Insall CBE

Donald Insall

Sir Donald Insall (CBE 1995, Kt 2010): Architect-planner.   Bristol family (handmade leather travelware), moved to London Chelsea, has lived in Kew since 1973. Founder and past Chair, now Consultant:  Donald Insall Associates, Architects (Projects have included post-fire restoration of Windsor Castle, and locally restorations of Asgill House, Richmond, Kew Palace, Marianne North Gallery).  Founder-Commissioner, English Heritage (1971).  Awards include EAHY Medal for Restoration of Chevening (1973), “People in Conservation” Award (RICS, 1999) and Europa Nostra Medal of Honour (2000).  Author “Care of Old Buildings Today” (1972); “Living Buildings – Architectural Conservation: Philosophy, Principles & Practice” (2008).  Club:  The Athenæum.  Hobbies:  Places & Buildings, Craftsmanship, Photography, Watercolours, Old cars. Wife Libby:  Piano Teacher, Guide at Kew Gardens (& participant annual Garden Opening at Kew Green). Family:  Son Robert (Scientist Molecular Biology) – Glasgow; Son Christopher (Satellite Communications) – Wimbledon; Daughter Hilary (Cello, Sports-Massage) – Kingston.  Six growing grandchildren.

Baroness Tonge of Kew

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Dr Jenny Tonge qualified in medicine from UCL/H in 1964 and worked in the NHS for over 30years, specialising in Women’s Health. She has lived in Kew since 1974 and her children attended local schools.
She was a local councillor for Kew from !981- !990 and the MP for Richmond Park from 1997-2004, when she stood down following the death of her daughter Mary.
She was elevated to the House of Lords in 2005 as Baroness Tonge of Kew!
She is now widowed and has 2 surviving children and 9 grandchildren.
Her main interests in the House of Lords are International Development and the Middle East, and as a consequence she travels extensively.

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EVENTS

Event Information:

  • Sun
    10
    Jun
    2018
    9.45am - 1.30pmChiswick House

    We are delighted to offer our members a private tour of Chiswick House and Gardens.

    Chiswick House is one of the most glorious examples of 18th century British Architecture and the tour will cover architectural and interior design, paintings, furniture and social history.

    The gardens are the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement and this will be a wonderful opportunity to discover more about William Kent and his garden designs that influenced Blenheim Palace and New York’s Central Park.

    We plan to meet at 9.45am in the café prior to the tour staring at 10am. The House tour will last approximately 75 mins (to  approx 11.15am)  when there will be a chance to take lunch in the café if desired. The garden tour commences at 12.15 pm and will finish at approximately 1.30pm

    Please note that the upstairs of the House is not accessible to wheelchair users

     Tickets for members only: £20 to include a souvenir guide book

    Click here to download form to pay by cheque (no fees)

    Click here to pay by debit/credit card via eventbrite (with fees)