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From our files - this week in 1984
Ten years ago Rugby returned to Twickenham Green on Saturday after more than 100 years. An energetic round robin match between old boys Thamesians, Harlequin Gents and Scottish team Mar was cheered on by some 300 spectators.
Tens of thousands of tickets are going on sale this morning for a June concert to be given by Italian opera star Luciano Pavarotti at Twickenham Rugby Ground, even though Richmond Council have not yet granted planning permission.
The best primary schools in England are in Richmond upon Thames according to government league tables .
Residents of an exclusive and historic part of Chiswick fear their houses are in danger of crumbling into the Thames. Any repair work may be delayed because of legal wrangling over who is responsible for the threatened river wall. Julia Korner, whose 18th century house is only metres away from the edge in Strand on the Green, described how the ground shook as a 20 foot chunk of wall was reclaimed by the Thames on Sunday.
Pupils of two of the most prestigious private schools in west London are among a gang of 17 suspected graffiti vandals arrested in connection with a spate of spray painting in Chiswick High Road. Police asked for the names of the schools, based in Barnes and Hammersmith, not be named.
‘Ol Blue Eyes may have died last year but Frank Sinatra tops the list of most requested singers at the West Middlesex Hospital. with My Way and New York, New York 25 years ago Richmond Council has decided not to close the Twickenham branch of Richmond Adult College at Clifden Road. Council leader David Williams said that the Richmond Community Centre site would still be sold, although negotiations with Sainsbury’s had come to nothing.
Richmond general purposes committee has agreed to support steps proposed by Kingston council to try and stop the deaths of swans on the Thames from lead weights - in the same week that MP Jeremy Hanley told the House of Commons that there are only two swans left on the Richmond stretch of the river.
50 years ago Barnes Council, which holds its monthly meetings in a public house, is now thinking about providing itself with a new town hall. The council held a secret meeting and decided to spend £2,500 for the preparation of plans.
Former Hampton resident 32 years old Mr Ronald Taylor, now living with his wife Gwen and children in Ohio American, has been voted young man of the year by his employers. Mr Taylor lived at 71 Broad Lane and was a pupil at Hampton Grammar School. Gwen Taylor also hailed from Hampton Her parents run a travel bureau in York Street, Twickenham. The campaign to save Boston Manor House, Brentford’s 14th century mansion, gathered impetus this week. Parents of children who attend the infants’ school on the ground floor of the mansion are to call a meeting next week to discuss how they can best fight to preserve the historic building. And Mr Stanley Goddard, vice president of Brentford Chamber of Commerce, is appealing for support from people interesting in saving the house.
Two fourth year girls at Brentford Secondary Modern school, Margaret Gatfield and Valerie Turner, both 15, have complained to their parents that they have been caned on the hand by headmistress Miss Irene Prebble, after refusing to wear the school’s regulation knee-length knickers for a physical education class. But a borough education official told the Brentford and Chiswick Times that the two girls were caned, not for refusing to wear the knickers but for open insolence to Miss Prebble.
100 years ago The Rev E E Dorling has contracted a chill, we regret to learn and has been confined to bed at Ormeley Lodge, Ham all the week. He will not be able to take the services at the church tomorrow.
In their endeavour to enter the Kingston Road, Ham residence of Mr James Cockburn the well known jeweller of Richmond, the noise they made in boring a hole awoke persons who disturbed the burglars before they had done any further damage. For the convenience of our readers who desire to shop by the up to date method we have arranged to publish weekly a list of telephone numbers of local firms. Keep this list by you and make use of it. You will save time and money.
Buried in the voluminous reports presented to the Chiswick District council was a small paragraph stating that the clerk had been requested to again write to the London and South Western Railway Company complaining that the level crossing gates in Grove Park Terrace were kept closed at “church times” on Sundays. This is not a small matter. Complaints have frequently been sent to us and we know from personal experience that there is very just cause, not only Sundays but also all through the week and at all times of the day. The opening seems to vary so much that it is asked if there are any regulations other than an order to the keepers of the crossing, the signalmen at the box adjoining, to use their discretion in the matter. Leader.