Sat17Jun201711am - 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!
Fri16Jun201711am & 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.
If you have any questions please email Sue May at email@example.com
Mon05Jun20177:30 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Fri02Jun20176:15 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.
There are only 25 places available and this is likely to be a popular tour so don't delay - book today!
Wed03May20177:00 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
Sat01Apr201711am & 11.15amThe National Archives
This tour is now fully booked.
There are more tours available on June 16th
If you have any questions please email Sue May at email@example.com
Tue28Mar20177:00 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.
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.
Wed22Mar20177:00 pmThe National Archives
The Kew Society committee is calling an EGM to:
- approve the changes to the constitution of The Kew Society, creating a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (C.I.O)
- to register The Kew Society as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with the Charity Commission
- to transfer the assets of the present unincorporated association to the new Charitable Incorporated Organisation
- to close the unincorporated association
Following the EGM, there will be drinks and a chance to meet other members, Patrons and the committee.
Sat18Mar201711:00 amThe National Archives
This tour is now full, we will be requesting new dates soon.
Please email Sue May at firstname.lastname@example.org to add your name to the waiting list.
Fri17Mar20177:00 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
Sat11Mar201711:00 amThe National Archives
These tours are now full.
We will be requesting further dates soon.
Please email Sue May at email@example.com to add your name to the waiting list.
Sat25Feb20177:00 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.
We look forward to welcoming you to the party.
Wed22Feb20176:30 pmThe National Archives
Wednesday February 22nd 2017
(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 firstname.lastname@example.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)
Sat21Jan201711am & 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.
Tue29Nov20167:30 pmDuke Street Church, Richmond
The Richmond Society and The Kew Society are jointly hosting a By-Election Hustings.
This is your chance to hear the local Parliamentary candidates' views, not least on Heathrow and then ask your questions.
Pre-submitted questions will stand a greater chance of being taken but there will be a short opportunity for questions from the floor.
See poster below for more details.
Thu17Nov20167:15 pmJodrell Theatre, Kew Garden
We are delighted that Melvyn Bragg has offered to give a talk to our members about how he first became interested in writing novels whilst living in Kew in the 1960's
This event is hosted by The Kew Society and The Richmond Society to raise funds for The Museum of Richmond.
Richard Deverell, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will introduce the evening.
This event is now completely sold out, in case of returns, please add your name to the waiting list below.
We are very sorry if you have not been able to get a ticket, as you can imagine this has been a very popular event.
Wed19Oct20167:00 pmThe National Archives
Restoration of The Great Pagoda
Talk by the Royal Historic Palaces about the project to conserve the ‘Great Pagoda’
Speakers : Dr Lee Prosser and Polly Putnam, Historic Buildings Curators at Historic Royal Palaces
Venue: The National Archives, Kew, Richmond. TW9 4DU
Doors open at 6.30, talk starts at 7pm (ending by 8.30pm)
Parking available via Bessant Drive
The Kew Society is delighted to have been offered the opportunity to hear more about the project to conserve the Great Pagoda. This is a two-year restoration project to return the building to its former glory. The Pagoda is expected to reopen to the public in 2018.
Kew’s iconic Pagoda was completed in 1762. The ten storey octagonal structure is 163ft high (almost 50 meters) The Pagoda was one of the jewels in the crown of Georgian London and designed at the height of the 18th century craze for Chinoiserie. The original building was very colourful; the roofs being covered with varnished iron plates, with a dragon on each corner. There were 80 dragons in all, each covered in a thin kind of glass in many colours. The completed project will offer one of the earliest and finest birds eye views of London.
Please come along and tickets will be available at the door on the night - bring a friend or neighbour.
Kew Society Members: £3
Non members: £5
Photo by Caroline Blomfield
Mon10Oct20166:45 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.
The Kew Society is delighted to offer the opportunity of a non-stop return river cruise aboard the ‘Kingston Royale’ boat from Richmond to Hampton Court with a fascinating commentary provided by Jason Debney, Thames Landscape Strategy (TLS).
We will be passing many historic houses and Jason will be updating us on past and future work of the TLS and providing pointers about wildlife along this gorgeous, historic route!
Drinks and snacks will be available from the on-board bar.
Embark at St Helena Pier; please be here by 12.45pm [returning about 5pm]
St Helena Pier is near Richmond Bridge, outside the White Cross Pub at the bottom of Water Lane. TW9 1TJ.
Tickets are £22 per Member and £25 for Member’s guest(s)
Please note these tickets are non-refundable but they can be transferred
Mon19Sep20167:00 pmSt Annes Church
Explore inside St Anne’s
The Kew Society is pleased to offer an opportunity to tour the interior of St Anne’s Church with Sue Mason.
Sue is a local mathematician –turned- artist whose publications include ‘Flowers Of Love’ a Kew colouring book.
Sue will be giving an informal talk about the new font, the embroideries and the carving of the Paschal candlestick.
She will also talk about the altar and chair carvings in the Lady Chapel. The talk will last about an hour.
Please assemble at the front porch at 6.45pm
Please note the group size is limited to 30
Tickets are £5 per person
All receipts are to be donated to St Anne’s
Sat27Aug201612 noonKew Green
The Kew Society will be having fun at the Kew Horticultural Show, now in its 72nd year!
Come and see our stall, play a game & join in the fun.
Outside stalls open at 12 noon to 5pm
Marquee opens at 1pm & closes at 3.45pm
Prize giving at 4pm
Auction of produce at 5pm.
Fri19Aug2016Sat20Aug201610:45 amThe National Archives
These tours are now full. We hope that we will be able to book more dates in the future.
We are delighted to offer Kew Society Members a 'behind the scenes' guided tour of The National Archives.
There are two tours available on Friday 19th August at 11am & 11.15am - (Now full)
And two tours available on Saturday 20th August at 11am & 11.15am - (Now full)
The Tour will visit the repositories and reading rooms and view some original and historic public records. If any tour attendee have a particular area of interest amongst the records held at the venue (e.g. local area history) please let us know at the time of booking. The National Archives have offered to check if there are any original records that can be produced for viewing during the tour.
The tours are fully accessible but do require walking fitness as it is a large building even on the flat! Tours last approximately one hour.
Wed10Aug20169am - 6pmCamberley
Wednesday 10th August found a happy band of members up with the lark to board their coach and travel from Kew to The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.We were met by our guide for the day, Tony Merrifield, and were privileged to watch the splendid Commandant's Parade in Old College Square. This formed the dress rehearsal for the official Sovereign's Parade which took place the following Friday.The precision of the March Past in Slow and Quick time was a joy to watch - the ceremony was accompanied by a rousing programme of music provided by the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps.The Sovereign's Parade marks the passing out from Sandhurst Military Academy for the 204 Officer Cadets who have completed the training for the Commissioning Course and is the result of many hours of hard work. It means that they will be officially commissioned as officers of the British Army from midnight on the Friday - when the clock strikes twelve, the celebrations begin with the now newly commissioned Second Lieutenants proudly displaying their rank insignia for the first time !184 of the Officer Cadets were from the United Kingdom, whilst the remaining 20 were from overseas and will return to their countries' armies.During the ceremony, The Commandant, Major General P. A. E. Nanson CBE, rehearsed the presentation of the Sword of Honour, the Overseas Sword, the Overseas Award and the Queen's Medal to the top Officer Cadets.The parade ended in splendid style with The Adjutant riding his horse 'The Black Charger' up the steps of Old College and following the graduating Officer Cadets through the Grand Entrance - a splendid piece of horsemanship which received a huge round of applause!Following a buffet lunch, our group was entertained with more stories about the history and current and changing focus for Sandhurst. During a visit to the Roman Catholic Chapel in the grounds, Tony revealed the interesting facts connected with the baptismal font, altar, stained glass windows and amphitheatre of pews. Here resides the ship's bell of HMS Sandhurst commemorating links with the Royal Navy and the Royal Naval College Dartmouth.Our group then moved on to the Royal Military Memorial Chapel and the fascinating rooms which house historic artefacts and paintings to hear more about the formation of this military institution in 1801 and links to Colonel Le Marchant, George III and his second eldest son Prince Frederick, Duke of York.The Kew Society members ended their day in style - Tony gave us a running commentary as we toured the 500 acre site in the coach.It was a wonderful day out and we are so grateful to Sue May, the Events team and Tony Merrifield for putting together this unique opportunity
Sun07Aug201610am - 2pmKew Village
Wed20Jul20166.30pm - 8.30pmThe National Archives
The talk by Emma Hall and Roger St Paul, West London Waste Authority,
on Waste and Recycling was the basis for a lively, interesting and
well-attended evening of discussions and ideas.
The presentation can be found on by clicking this link
During questions suggestions were made that Richmond Council could improve
communication on re-cycling options and introduce easy ways to aid
recycling in addition to the Townmead Road Re-use and Recycling Centre.
The statistics regarding waste and recycling were an eye-opener !
It was noted that Kew The Music 2016 had its own environmental champion
looking after the green side of things, from how to improve fuel
management to encouraging guests to recycle. 100% of the music series
waste has been recycled - all 18 tonnes of it! A model for all"
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.
Doors open at 6.30pm & talk starts at 7pm.
Sat18Jun201611am - 6pmKew Green
The Kew Society has been running another photographic competition with the junior schools of Kew,
The Judges are fired up and ready to make the very difficult decision of who should be the winners.
Prize giving will be at the Kew Midsummer Fete. Times to be announced.
Sun22May201611 am - 2 pmMeet outside the Cricketers Pub, Kew Green
'Thames Towpath Clearance'
Volunteers are needed for our first 'Thames Towpath Clearance'. We are aiming to kick-start The Kew Society towpath clearance plan to help manage vegetation growth and build up of litter along the River Thames local towpath 'grotspots'.
We are working under the guidance of The Thames Landscape Strategy and we hope to ultimately open up views, improve the appearance of the riverside and note simple improvements that can be made along the towpath.
This is also an opportunity to increase enjoyment and understanding of how and why the riverside is managed.
The Kew Society is hoping to make this a regular event - it should be a fun few hours and yes, it will help improve the beautiful Thames towpath we are so lucky to enjoy.
We have chosen to launch our new venture on 22nd May as is it International Biodiversity Day. Biodiversity is a word used to describe the variety and variability of all living things on earth. It includes the trees, the plants and fungi that grow on and under trees and in the soil, the insects, the birds, the mammals and any other thing that makes soil their home.
Our meeting point will be outside The Cricketers Pub on Kew Green at 11am on Sunday 22nd May. We hope to wrap up by 2pm and there is an opportunity to visit some Kew Green private open gardens from 2-4pm, access is via the towpath.
Volunteers are recommended - for comfort - to bring their own gardening gloves and refreshments, and wear sensible/sturdy shoes.
Please register your interest by 20th May by contacting Avril on email@example.com.
More information will then be supplied to those interested. We'd love you to come and help - SO PLEASE DO TAKE A FEW HOURS ON SUNDAY 22nd MAY TO HELP US - AND SIGN UP!!
Avril & Mary
The Kew Society Environment Team.
Thu19May201611:00 amSyon Park, Brentford.
Private Tour of Syon House and Garden
Following on with the theme from the talk on May 4th, The Kew Society is linking with Syon House to celebrate the 300th birthday of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, landscape designer for both Syon House and Kew Gardens. We are delighted to be offered a chance to be taken round the House and Gardens by tour guides with specialist knowledge of Syon House.
Today, Syon House is the London home of the Duke of Northumberland whose family were granted the former monastic site at the end of the 16th century. The Tudor mansion was remodelled by interior designer Robert Adam for Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland in the 18th century and the interiors are an architectural tour de force - the great hall may be Adam's finest classical work. The Gardens within the 200-acre park were transformed by 'Capability' Brown and feature a stunning domed conservatory.
The House tour scheduled 11am - 12.30pm is followed by lunch (not included in the price, but a group table will be reserved in the restaurant) The Gardens tour starts at 2pm.
Tickets are £12 for members and £14 for members guest(s)
Syon House has many stairs which may make the event unsuitable for members with restricted mobility. Car sharing may be possible. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can either offer a lift or would like one. There is a free car park at Syon House but it is a distance from the house without any nearby dropping off point available.
Wed04May20167:00 pmSt Anne's Church Hall, Kew Green.
Don't miss this fascinating talk on Capability Brown, or to address him correctly, Lancelot Brown, celebrating the anniversary of his birth 300 years ago.
Brown was appointed by the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland at Syon House to undertake major landscaping work and as a result was commissioned by King George III to redesign Richmond Gardens (as Kew Gardens was known then) Apparently there are still some trees in Rhododendron Dell dating back to his plantings.
We are fortunate to have two speakers this evening:
Chris Sumner, an architect and historian is a Trustee and former Chair of the London Parks & Gardens Trust and Chair of the Planning & Conservation working group. Chris also worked for English Heritage and the Greater London Council.
Susan Darling, has a background in science and an MA in Garden History and is now a freelance landscape and garden history researcher and co-ordinates research at the London Parks & Gardens Trust.
Tickets are £3 for members & £5 for non-members.
Refreshments available at 7pm, talk starts at 7.30
Mon14Mar20167pm-8.30pmSt Annes Church Hall
David Allister, Richmond Council Head of Parks and Open spaces gave an excellent talk to the Kew Society about 'The Frontier of Park Management'
For 11 years David Allister has been the Head of Parks and Open Spaces for the Richmond Council. During that time he has seen 2 trends in park management. The first is the national trend of cuts and decline in the industry, but the second one is of continued improvement in the Borough of Richmond which has seen satisfaction levels rise from 66% when he joined to a current high of 94%. David has led a unique approach to park management which is setting the new standard and will need to continue to push the frontiers to ensure Parks remain as important in the future as they have in the past.
Our thanks to David for a really interesting evening.
Tue01Mar20167pm - 9.30pmSt Anne's Church, Kew Green
Kew Society members & guests celebrated the 1st day of Spring with a wonderful party and a bit of added magic!
David Weeks, a renowned Magic Circle magician and one of only 300 world wide 'Inner Circle Magicians' delighted us with many magical surprises right under our noses and had us all guessing followed by the inevitable cry of 'how did he do it'!
Mon08Feb20167:30 pmSt Annes Church, Kew Green
'Zoffany in Kew'
The Kew Society is delighted to be joining with the Friends of St Anne's and The Richmond Local History Society, to promote this talk about Zoffany in Kew by Frances Hughes.
Tickets are available on the door for £4
Doors open at 7.30pm. Talk 8pm
John Zoffany (1733-1810) is buried in St Anne's Church graveyard. He lived in Strand on the Green and seems to have enjoyed a somewhat stormy relationship at St Anne's. An immigrant, born Johan Zoffanij, he first made his name as a theatrical painter, patronised by Garrick; he then made a fortune out of his portraits of the royal family. However, his lifestyle was so extravagant that he had to go off to India to make himself another fortune. One of his more famous pictures there, somewhat surprisingly, was a Last Supper, and on his return George III suggested that he paint another one for St Anne's.
His choice of models was characteristically eccentric. Most of the disciples were appropriately local fishermen - all of whom would be known from then on by their apostolic names! - but he cast himself as St Peter, his own young wife as St John and a prominent member of St Anne's Vestry - a lawyer with whom he had quarrelled over making his will - as Judas Iscariot. (He had played a similar trick in his Indian painting) St Anne's refused to pay unless he agreed to repaint the figure; so Zoffany gave the painting to St George's Brentford. It can now be seen in St Paul's, also in Brentford.
Frances Hughes is a freelance lecturer in Art and Theatre History for the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS), the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery and tour guide at the Garrick Club. She is Chair of the Irving Society and Chair of the Henry Irving Foundation and from 1990 to 2010 was Hon. Sec of the Shakespeare Reading Society (founded in 1875). She spent 38 years in education (including 18 as a headteacher)
We have decide to 'ring the changes' this year and hold a 'Leap into Spring' party on March 1st instead of the Twelfth Night Party.
Keep the date free and look out for further details.
Sue May & Mary Done
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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!”
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.
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
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Wed21Aug20136:00 pmKew Gardens
Kew Society members were treated to an exclusive after hours tour of Kew Palace and the recently renovated Kitchens. The Kitchens, until recently, have lain untouched since Queen Charlotte's death in 1818 and are now open to the public. Our tour guides, kindly supplied by Historic Royal Palaces, were fascinating and brought the tour to life with interesting facts and tales of life within the Palace around the time of 1804.
Our sincere thanks go to Jonny Scott and his team at the Historic Royal Palaces and to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for organising an excellent evening.
Richard Deverell, the new Director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew agreed to talk to us about his vision for Kew Gardens and about the practical constraints involved in running this world class botanical institution and World Heritage site.
Local Architectural Historian (and Kew Society member) John Moses kindly agreed to lead members on a Georgian heritage walk through Richmond and beyond.
Led by Colin Lomas, a local art historian. "A chance to enjoy an artistic stroll through Chiswick ending on Kew Green"
David Nash took Kew Society members on a fascinating tour of his exhibits in Kew Gardens