Some fabulous pictures and news of our lovely Green and activities that Friends of Twickenham Green do in the local community.

November 2021 

Christmas Celebration & Members Meeting

If you are one of our members, or just in the neighbourhood and interested in our work, then why not come along to meet us at The Cricket Pavilion, Twickenham Green, on Tuesday 7th December 2021 from 8pm, where we will be having our Christmas celebration.

More information is available in our events calendar on our website https://fotg.uk/calendar/item/45495486 



Friends Update 

Since we last had a chance to meet face-to-face, the Friends of Twickenham Green have been very busy. Amongst other activities and projects we have:

 

  • Run a successful campaign to fund and install a defibrillator at Sainsburys on The Green, for the benefit of the community.
  • Launched a highly effective appeal in conjunction with the United Reformed Church to secure essential donations for newly arrived Afghan refugees, endorsed by our local MP.
  • Met and worked with local councillors to address the issues of toilet facilities on The Green, and the problems associated with our re-cycling centre.
  • Met with our local housing charity, Spear, to more fully understand their excellent work and to donate funds for their projects.
  • Worked closely with local councillors to monitor back land development in the Twickenham Green conservation area.
  • Helped with donations to our local food banks in Whitton and Richmond, who do so much for those in need locally.
  • Undertaken twice yearly clean ups of The Green with members and local volunteers, to keep our precious open space looking good.
  • Met with Parks staff to undertake regular inspections of The Green, to keep a close eye on areas of concern.

 

And a whole lot more…

 

Christmas Photo Competition

Why not join in our Christmas photo competition?  Send us a digital photo of Twickenham Green in autumn. You can send these via email to friends@fotg.uk 

For legal reasons photos should not include featured people. What we want is a picture that captures the autumnal beauty of Twickenham Green, that we can then use on our website.  Winners will be chosen by the Friends of Twickenham Green Committee.  Prizes to be awarded for an under eighteen entry, and an adult entry.  All photos to be submitted 30th November, and winners announced and prizes awarded at our Christmas meeting on Tuesday 7th December.  Make sure in your accompanying message that you give us your full name, age, address, and contact phone number.

Here is one of ours for a starter. 

 

  

October 2021

 22/10 - We are very pleased to announce that Twickenham Green has again been awarded Green Flag status.  Special thanks to all out committee members and volunteers who have contributed to the maintenance of The Green over the past year.  Your efforts have clearly been noticed, and appreciated.  May it continue to look so good. 

 

 

21/10 - Appeal for volunteers to help out with donations at the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association. 

Volunteers are needed Monday to Sunday 11.00am to 5.00pm in Feltham
Address : Unit 9 Griffin Centre Feltham, TW14 0HS
Telephone: 0208 572 0300

Nearest Station: Feltham Station, Hatton Cross Tube

Email: admin@afghanistan-central-asian.org.uk

Contact names: Zoe or Sheekeba

14/10 - We met with council, parks and Twickenham BID regarding the proposal for Santa's grotto on The Green this December. See our report here on our website regarding the meeting.

03/10 - Munira Wilson MP for Twickenham, meets Sandra Roberts and other volunteers from the Friends of Twickenham Green and the United Reformed Church, who collected and distributed donations for the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association

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 01/10 - SPEAR, the charity working locally helping those experiencing homelessness, met with committee members today on The Green to thank Friends of Twickenham Green members for their ongoing support.

 

September 2021

26/09 - Another successful clean-up of The Green this morning. Thanks to all those who came along for their help. Nice to see some new faces, and some new members. We appreciate all the effort the volunteers make to look after our precious open space.

 

 

 

UPDATE: 01/09 Thanks for your overwhelming generosity Twickenham, we are no longer able to accept any more donations. 

We are going to donate the overrun of books and toys to local charity shops. 

 

 

Friends Committee member, Sandra Roberts delivered our first donations of emergency toiletries from The Friends, at the Afghan and central Asian Association in Feltham on Monday. See details below of items in demand and the days and times that you can drop off donated items.

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Afghan Appeal

The Friends of Twickenham Green and The United Reformed Church are organising a collection of essential items for Afghan refugees.

The required items are:-

While all donations are welcome but essentials that are in high demand include:

UPDATE: Clothing donations are no longer required as the centre has already had plenty of these items donated 

- Toiletries and hygiene items

In terms of specific toiletries, similar items to these are essential:

- Toothpaste/toothbrush

- Deodorant

- Menstrual products

- Soap/shampoo/conditioner

- Hand sanitiser

- Moisturiser

Can you please take any suitable items to The United Reformed Church in First Cross Road at the following times:-

- Wednesday 1st September 11:00 to 1:00 pm

Once we have sorted the items they will be taken to the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association in Feltham.

Thank you for your support

Twickenham Community 

https://fotg.uk/afghan-appeal/ 

 

August 2021

 

Afghan Appeal

The Friends of Twickenham Green and The United Reformed Church are organising a collection of essential items for Afghan refugees.Please see further details on our website here. https://fotg.uk/afghan-appeal/

 

Damage to Ameilies treee

Amelie’s tree appears to have suffered damage at the base of its trunk. We were alerted by a Friends member, and all details were passed on to London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Parks team yesterday and the tree will be inspected shortly.

Thanks to all of you who have contacted us about this issue, and here’s hoping the tree will be OK.
Amelies tree

 

New waste bin

Thanks London Borough of Richmond upon Thames for the responding to our calls for the installation of this shiny new waste bin beside the bus stop at the Arthur's end, there has been no bin at this busy exit point for some years following the fire in the TFL one which was never replaced.

New bins

 

July 2021 

Please see our statement regading the destuction of the Back lands, plot of land behind 16-24 Hampton Road, and 3-4 First Cross Road. https://fotg.uk/back-lands-plot-of-land-behin/

May 2021 

May Clean the Green event 

A fabulous turn out for the Clean The Green event and especially great to see a lot of new faces joining the clean up. #community

April 2021

 

Upcoming event 
Help us Clean The Green! Please join us Sunday 2 May @ 10:30 for our next Friends of Twickenham Green litter pick. We spend an hour or so picking up underlying waste from the green and surrounding facilities while inspecting The Green for any issues. More details in our events calendar here https://fotg.uk/calendar/item/45039808
Hustings event 
The Friends of Twickenham Green invites members and local residents to join us on Zoom this Wednesday 21st April evening to hear and ask questions of candidates seeking election to the Greater London Assembly as our representative for South West London see details on our website here. https://fotg.uk/hustings-invite/

 

March 2021

Decompaction work around our trees began today. The contractors are using compressed air to open up space below ground, and then infill with fertiliser. Most of the trees will have protective fencing for a period of four weeks. Because of the sensitive nature of Amelie's tree and her bench, the work will be carried out there, but without the fencing. 
Jane Crowther, Trees, who is supervising the work, pointed out that Twickenham Green is the first green space in the borough to receive this treatment, and will be closely monitoring it's development. Thanks to the contractors, and especially thank to Jane and her team in Parks, who do such vital work for our precious open space.
Howard Roberts, Environment Officer, Friends of Twickenham Green

 

 

         

 

 

Fencing around trees on The Green 

Due to heavy use, much of The Green is suffering from compaction. Parks, having undertaken a comprehensive survey and consultation with The Friends, have instituted a series of works to aerate the grass, and have now moved on to work on the areas adjacent to the trees. The compaction has in some cases been restricting the growth of the roots balls of the younger trees. Work is due to start around the 22nd of March, and in an effort to ensure it is effective, fencing will be erected around the trees for a short period of time. The Friends are pleased to see this work taking place, and appreciate the efforts that Parks make to maintain our precious open space.
Howard Roberts, Environment Officer, Friends of Twickenham Green

    

 

Sarah Everard vigil

A respectful vigil in the memory of Sarah Everard occurred on Twickenham Green on Saturday with flowers being left on Amelie's bench.

February 2021

A quiet and cool month, but a lovely sunset shot over The Green. 

 

January 2021

Defibrillator campaign concluded and installed!  

 

We are pleased to report that thanks to a fantastic response to our appeal the defibrillator has now been purchased, installed in Sainsbury's on The Green and is registered with the London Ambulance Service.

The Friends of Twickenham Green would like to place on record it’s sincere thanks to all those that made donations and to the local team at Sainsbury’s for their help and support in bringing this project to a successful conclusion.

We believe that with the high number of people using the Green particularly in the Summer months having  access to a defibrillator in an emergency could be a life saver.


Currently less than 1 in 10 people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest in the UK and for every minute that someone is in cardiac arrest without access to CPR or a defibrillator their chance of survival drops by up to 10%.


The Executive Committee decided at its meeting last November to purchase a public access defibrillator (PAD) to be sited at the Sainsbury’s store on the Green - funded by donations from members and the local community.

 

Tree Planting 

On a cold wet pandemic day in Twickenham, at least there was something good to report;  young saplings being planted on Twickenham Green.  We had originally intended to have our own volunteers assist the contractors, but current lock down restrictions, understandably ruled this out.  Thanks to Parks for getting these replacement young trees in, and also to the contractors, KPS, for working in the rain.  Now these have been planted, the next phase is to aerate around some of the other trees, to reduce compaction and assist growth

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December 2020 

Wow, target met! We are humbled by your generous donations #twickenham community!
The PAD has been ordered and is due to be installed in January in the Sainsbury's store

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November 2020

Defibrillator - purchase and donation appeal 

The Executive Committee at its November meeting decided to purchase a public access defibrillator (PAD). The PAD would be sited at the Sainsbury store on the Green.  Sainsbury have agreed to install and maintain it and will also register it with the London Ambulance Service (LAS). We are seeking donations towards the purchase from both members and businesses sited on The Green.   

Currently less than 1 in 10 people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest in the UK and for every minute that someone is in cardiac arrest without access to CPR or a defibrillator their chance of survival drops by up to 10%.

Please see further information here about the purchase and our appeal for donations.

 

Geoffery Morgan - Obituary 

We are saddened to hear of the passing of our former Chair and life member of the Friends of Twickenham Green, Geoffery Morgan. We have published his obituary here