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Fairs/fêtes/bargains Fridays: Weekly sales at the Teddington Salvation Army 9.30am-11am, Church Road, off Broad Street.
Fridays: The Vineyard Project’s weekly sale, 9am-2pm, clothes, books, bric a brac etc at The Vineyard, Richmond, short walk bridge.
Fridays: Barnes Green Day Centre bargain corner, 10am-12 noon, Church Road.
Fridays: Collectors’/bric a brac market 9am-1.30pm, first Fridays at the Sheen Lane Centre, East Sheen. 020 8393 2042. Stallholders welcome.
Fridays: WI Barnes Country Market 10am-12 noon at Rose House, 70 Barnes High Street. 01246 261 508.
Saturday: Farmers’ market 9am-1pm in the Holly Road car park, Twickenham. 020 7704 9659, www.lfm.org.uk Saturday Farmers’ market, 11am-3pm, Station Road, opposite pond on Barnes Common. 020 8392 0631.
Saturday: Farmers’ market, 11am-3pm, Heron Square, next to the Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond. 020 8878 5132.
Performing Thursdays: Whitton’s Happy Wanderers welcome new members, singers, dancers, actors and musicians. Shows are full of singing and dancing and lots of laughs, so energy and enthusiasm important. Rehearsals weekly. Please send email to email@example.com, visit www.thehappywanderers.co.uk Young fun Friday 6, 13, 20 and 27: Story Time in Langton's Organic Cafe and Bookshop, 44/45 Church Street, Twickenham, 10am. Free 020 8892 3800.
Sunday 1, 8, 15 and 22: Kid's Ghost Tours. Booking essential, Hampton Court Palace, 5pm. £12.50, includes free ghost investigators booklet. 0844 482 777.
Courses/ classes Monday-Tuesday 2, 3, 910, 23, 24: Step On Stage Drama Workshops at Holy Trinity Church, Twickenham Green £8.25. 07973 900 196.
Wednesday 4, 18: Learn public speaking and communication skills. Riverside Communicators, York House, Richmond Road, Twickenham, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Free. 07957 633 121.
Thursday 5: French For All. Suitable all ages. Ham Library, Ham Street, Ham, 4.30-5pm. Free. 020 8940 8703.
Walks and tours Sunday 1, 8: Wimbledon Park to Richmond: London Winter Wanders Weekend. Meet 10.30am at Wimbledon Park tube station. Finish Richmond train station. Free. 0870 240 6094.
Sunday 1: Richmond to Twickenham. Walk London Winter Wanders Weekend. Meet at Richmond station. 1pm. Free.0870 240 6094.
Storytelling week Saturday 31: Seeing is Believing by Mary Medlicott. National Storytelling Week. Booking advised. Castelnau Library, 75 Castelnau, 3pm. Free. 020 8748 3837.
Sunday 1, 8, 15 and 22, Friday 6, 13, 20 and 27: Ghost tours and tales at Hampton Court Palace, booking essential. 7pm. £25, 0844 842 7777.
Tuesday 3: Stories from the Land of Morning Calm, by Sef Townsend. Ham Library, Ham Street, 12.45pm-2pm. Free. 020 8940 8703. At East Sheen Library, Sheen Lane, 4pm. Free. 020 8876 8801.
Tuesday 3, 10, 17 and 24: Ghost Tours at Ham House. followed by canapés and drinks in the 17th century orangery, Ham Street, 7:30pm-9.30pm. £22. 020 8940 1950.
Wednesday 4: Stories from the Land of Morning Calm by Sef Townsend, Hampton Wick Library, Bennet Close, 4pm. Free. 020 8977 1559.
Thursday 5: Fearless Girls and Wise Women by Janet Dowling. National Storytelling Week. Richmond Lending Library, Little Green, 6.30pm. Free. 020 8940 0981.
Talks and meetings Friday 30: Tea with Lydia Syson: In Conversation with Anne Sebba at East Sheen Library, Sheen Lane, 2pm. Free. 020 8876 8801.
Monday 2: Canine Partners by Malcolm Wells. Hampton Townswomen's Guild, All Saints Church Hall, The Avenue, 10:15am. 020 8979 8941.
Monday 9: Richmond Arts Council fundraising evening. Authors Anne Sebba and Anne de Courcy discuss their biographies of Jenny Churchill and Anthony Armstrong Jones, respectively, chaired by Lee Langley. American pianist Miriam Brickman performs recital and Richard Cole, curator of the Musical Museum is at the Wurlitzer. All tickets £15 including a drink. 020 8560 8108. The Musical Museum, 399 High Street, Brentford, www.musicalmuseum.co.uk Tuesday 3: Richmond Afternoon Forum meets Raleigh Road United Church Hall, 2:45pm. 020 8878 9996. February 3: 2000 year of Italian art and architecture by Ken Smith.
Wednesday 4: Richmond and Twickenham group of the RSPB meets on first Wednesdays , 8pm at York House, Richmond Road, Twickenham. Visitors welcome, small charge. 020 8977 6496.
Wednesday 4: Moroccan Experience is theme of the RSPB meeting, 8pm at York House, Richmond Road, Twickenham. Visitors welcome. £2.50. Speaker Richard Pople. 020 8977 6496. 020 8898 4539.
Wednesday 4: Twickenham Green Morning Townswomen's Guild meets in the Twickenham United Reformed Church, First Cross Road, The Green, 10.15am. £1. 020 8891 1646.
Thursday: Twickenham WI meetings first Thursdays, 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Street, Twickenham. 020 8878 0640, 020 8892 4852, 020 8894 1907 or just go along.
Film society Tuesday 3: Richmond Film Society meets at 8pm on Tuesdays in Richmond Adult and Community College, Parkshot, Richmond. February 3: You The Living Sweden/et al 2007, 95 minutes, director Roy Andersson.
Eco activity Richmond Environment Network, 6 Phoenix Wharf, Eel Pie Island, Twickenham TW1 3DY. www.richenvironmentnet.org.uk or 020 8892 0590.
Friday, Sunday, Wednesday 30, 4, 7: Conservation in Richmond. Meet bottom of Eel Pie Island footbridge. Twickenham. 10am. 020 8891 4295.
Saturday-Monday 31-2: World celebration of wetlands. Includes children’s activities including arts and crafts, walks around the site and pond dipping. London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, 9.30am-5pm. £9.50, £5.25 children, £7.10 concession, £26.55 family. 020 8409 4400.
Saturday 31: Environment Trust conservation morning, 9am12 noon. Practical work at locations around the borough. Wear suitable clothes. Gloves, tools provided. Jenny Willis 020 8891 5455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Monday 2: 6pm-11pm, Green Drinks - social event for people involved in the environmental sector. Relaxed atmosphere with like-minded people on the first Monday in the Fox Pub, Church Street, Twickenham. REN Team info@richenviron mentnet.org.uk or 020 8831 6142.
Tuesday 3: Take your partners at the Royal Naval Club Tea Dance, Park Road, Hanworth 1.30pm-3.30pm. Ballroom, £2 including refreshments. Visitors welcome, secretary 020 8894 9696.
Wednesdays: Biodanza 7.30pm-9pm at St.John the Divine Church Hall off the Richmond Circus roundabout, Kew Road, Richmond. Four class course starts April 4. Ruth 020 8940 1856 or 07867 878 943.
Weekly: Dansicality dance and movement activities for children at the Salvation Army Hall, Colne Road, Twickenham. Anna Mederson – Desborough 020 8979 7847 or 07958 612199, email: email@example.com ...Singing Sundays: First Sunday of the month for a free buffet tea and songs of praise to Salvation Army Band, Church Road, Teddington, off Broad Street, from 4pm.
Wednesdays: Thameside Harmony Chorus is a four part close harmony choir of women's voices. They sing ' a cappella ' in the style of barbershop. Rehearsals are throughout the year at the White House in Hampton. They perform at all types of functions and events. Email thameside harmony@ p.com or 020 8287 2684. Visit www.thameside harmony.co.uk Quiz night Wednesday 4: Quiz Night at the Slug and Lettuce, Richmond Riverside, 8pm. 020 8948 7733.
Fairs and bargains Saturday 31: Feltham Scout’s Group jumble and book sale opens 10am-12 noon at Hawkes Road, off Bedfont Lane, Feltham.
Saturdays Weekly car boot sale, Green Lane Recreation Ground, Hounslow. Entrance via Heathrow Gym Club. Set up 7am. 07957 354 383.
Sundays: Farmers’ market, 10am-2pm on Duke’s Meadow, off Alexandra Gardens, Chiswick, near the A316, Chiswick. 020 8742 2225, Website: www.fodm.org.uk Sunday: Second hand car boot bargains every first Sunday, except for January, at the Chiswick Community School, Burlington Lane. 8am-1pm. Sellers from 7am. Refreshments. Cars £10, vans £20. Buyers car park £2. Trestle tables £5, deposit £20. All proceeds to the school. 020 8847 5282.
Sunday: Weekly car boot sale, 7am-1pm set up at Hounslow Heath Garden Centre, Staines Road, Hounslow. Pay on entry. Hardstanding. 020 8890 3485.
Sundays: Car boot sale every last Sunday of the month, 9am-1pm at Southfield Primary School, Southfield Road, Chiswick. 07765 128 890.
Valentine’s cruise Saturday 14: St Valentine’s Cruise, Chiswick Pier - Westminster - Chiswick Pier, depart 8pm (embark 7.30pm). Tickets £18 to include canapés on board. Bookings for cruise only 020 8742 2713/07594 596 729 or pre-cruise supper at Pissarro's. Combined supper/cruise ticket £30 (to include canapés on board). Bookings for supper/cruise 020 8994 3111.
Wildlife walk Saturday 31: Visitors from the north at Bedfont Lakes 11am-1pm The chance to possibly see bittern, smew, and water rail and all of the other birds present in the country park at this time of year makes this a must do visit. Bedfont Lakes Country Park, Clockhouse Lane, Bedfont. 01784 423 556.
Fun day Saturday 31: Thistleworth Tennis Club in Osterley has an Abba themed day to raise money for the Starlight Children’s Ward at West Middlesex Hospital. The event also aims to raise awareness of the benefits of playing tennis. First up is a charity tennis match. Four Thistleworth members will be donning their platforms and mullets. Also Abba’s Agnetha, aka coach Steph Heximer and the Thistleworth coaching team will be running a free one hour coaching session at 2pm – fully kitted out as Benny and co. Children and adults welcome. Participants are asked to contribute a voluntary £1 fee. An evening event includes tribute band Abba Magic (www.abbamagic.com) and a disco. Fancy dress optional.Also be a tennis racquet raffle. Tickets for Abba Tribute disco at £12 each or £10 each if you buy four or more. Contact Steph on 07956 488 201 or stephanieheximer @live.co.uk for more details and to book tickets. Thistleworth Tennis Club is situated at: 129a Ridgeway Road North, Isleworth, TW7 5LX.
Concerts Thursday 5: London Mozart Players return to St Michael's, immediately prior to their 60th anniversary concert at Wigmore Hall. Programme and ticket prices at http://www.lmp.org /Concerts/Archive/ February/050209.htm Saturday 7 at The Musical Museum, Kevin Grunill, former Blackpool Tower organist, comes to entertain at the Mighty Wurlitzer. 7.30pm, all tickets £10. 020 8560 8108 The Musical Museum, 399 High Street, Brentford, www.musicalmuseum.co.uk Saturday 7: Gunnersbury School choir and jazz band will be performing at 7pm as well as the Specialist Music School String Orchestra and Choir along with the Hatton Operatic Society. This fundraising concert is in aid of Paediatric Heart surgery in Delhi. Tickets are £5 with concessions £3 for children under 12. Family tickets for two adults and two children £14. Talks and meetings Monday 9: Authors Anne Sebba and Anne de Courcy will discuss their biographies of Jenny Churchill and Anthony Armstrong Jones, respectively, chaired by Lee Langley. The American pianist, Miriam Brickman will give a recital and Richard Cole, Curator of the Musical Museum, will be at the Wurlitzer at the Musical Museum, 399 High Street, Brentford, www.musicalmuseum.co.uk Tickets for this fundraising evening for Richmond Arts Council cost £15 including drink on arrival. 020 8560 8108 Wednesday 4: Meetings of the Heston Residents’ Association take place on the first Wednesday of each month except August in Heston Community Centre, Vicarage Farm Road. Chairman David Blackett 020 8843 0705. Wednesday 4: 6.30pm, meet Robert Muchamore, author of best-selling Cherub books, at St Michael & All Angels Church. He'll be talking about his new Henderson's Boys series, taking questions and signing books. Organised by Waterstones in Chiswick High Road, where you can buy tickets £2 each. 020 8995 3559. If your children don't know the books, they can find out more at http:// www.cherubcampus. com Saturday 7: Young embroiderers have their own group run by Isleworth and District branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild. Fun with Threads meetings, for ages five to 17, are held on the first Saturday of every month 10.30am-1pm with the chance to learn craft skills under the mentoring of experienced members. All materials supplied. St John’s Community Centre, St John’s Road, Isleworth. Leader is Sheila Underwood 020 8568 7642.
Wednesdays: Patchwork and quilting classes City and Guilds courses commence January 2009 at St John’s Community Centre, 80 St John’s Road, Isleworth. 9.30am-3.15pm. Details from Kaye Telford 020 8567 2716, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday: The Trefoil Guild of Isleworth meets on the second Thursday of each month at St John’s Community Centre, St John’s Road. 2.30pm-4.30pm. Marion Easton Thursdays: Barry Jobling’s opera lectures start at 2pm sharp and end at 4.15pm in St Michael and All Angels Parish Hall. £9 per lecture. Coffee or tea and biscuits included. 020 8995 4271 sara@elliottroad. freeserve.co.uk. Coffee or tea and biscuits included. February 5: Die Zauberflöte, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Friday mornings with Barry Jobling at The Friends Meeting House, Woodville Road, Ealing. January 30: The Bartered Bride, Bedøich Smetana; February 6: Die Zauberflöte, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Bridge Wednesdays: Free bridge sessions 1pm-4pm at Heston Community Centre, Vicarage Farm Road, Heston. For more information contact Ken O'Connor on 020 8580 5956. All are welcome.
Jazz Sundays: Station House, 2 Grove Park Road, Chiswick, 020 8742 2555 Jazz every Sunday with Eric Gilchrist and guests. 8pm Free.
Social clubs Heston Catholic Social Club, a multi-purpose venue in Eton Avenue, is a family friendly members club with activities to suit everyone. They include pool, darts indoor bowling, a golf society, set dancing and Irish music lessons. Live music is held at the club each weekend. A live show is staged at weekends. ThePremiership and European football games are shown on the centre’s big screen. See hestoncatholicsocialclub.com or telephone 020 8574 5411 for more information.
Weekly: Age Concern Hounslow, Alexandra House, Albany Road, Brentford. Contact: Barbara Paul 020 8560 6969. Café open for breakfast and lunches Monday-Friday 9.30am to 2.30pm. Activities: Mondays: Keep-Fit (Chair Exercises) 10am-11am (£1.50); ‘IT’ Classes 1pm-3pm (donation)/ Monday Group (Asian Ladies) 2pm-3.30pm 50p.
Tuesdays: Bingo (1.30-3pm). Wednesdays: Mosaic Workshop 10am-12 noon(£2); ‘IT’ Classes 10am-12 noon (donation); shopping trips (please ring and book space (£3.50 round trip door to door); Mamta Social Group (Asian Ladies)12 noon-3pm 50p; Thursday: Acupuncture Clinic 8am-7pm / Fun & Fitness In Retirement Group 12 noon-2.30pm 50p / ‘IT Classes 1.30pm – 3pm(donation)/ Pilates 2.30pm–3pm (£1.50); Friday: ‘IT Classes 10am-12 noon(donation) / YOGA 10am-11am (£1.50) / Quiz & Raffle 12 noon-1.30pm/ Chess Class 2pm-3pm (Free). Also monthly outings (ring for details) or help in the organic vegetable garden. Visit www.buy.at/ageconcernhounslow Weekly: Girls’ And Boys’ Clubs, St George’s Church, Hanworth Park. Social evenings for young people aged 5-25 years, including a Duke of Edinburgh Award Group every Wednesday. 020 8844 0437.
Weekly: Haaya Boys And Girls Clubs for young people staged at Hounslow Youth Club, Brentford School for Girls and The Attic (Connexions) during the week and on Saturdays: 020 8569 6350.
Fridays: Christian Community Church 101A Pears Road, Hounslow 7.30pm-9.30pm. A weekly gathering for teenagers and young people, featuring sit-down discussions as well as plenty of socialising 020 8569 5359.
Tuesdays: Babies And Toddlers Group, St George’s Church, Hanworth Park, 10am-11.30am. Fun activities for all carers and their children. 020 8844 0457 Tuesdays: Hounslow 18plus Group at the White Bear Pub, Kingsley Road 9.30pm, friendly social group for 18-35 year olds. Free, 07010 714 686 Tuesdays: Chiswick Active Plus Group is part of the national organisation called The National Federation of Plus Areas. Social, apolitical, offering mainly 20s and 30s chance to meet new friends and enjoy wide range of social and sporting activities, including weekly club night, meals out, day trips, clubbing, comedy nights, quizzes, bowling, live bands, theatre, weekends, karaoke etc. Meetings at the JB Bar and Diner, Chiswick High Road, short walk from Gunnersbury and Chiswick Park tube stations, from 9.15pm. Visit www.chiswickactiveplus.co.uk, or leave details on 07010 714 686.
Tuesdays: Isleworth Babyzone at St John’s Community Centre, St John’s Road, Isleworth, Tuesday, 10am-11.30am.Set up by the Twickenham and Hounslow branch of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT). Everyone with babies under a year old, and their older siblings, is very welcome. £1, 020 8847 4355.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Retired Members’ Association, Heston Community Centre, Vicarage Farm Road, 11am-1pm. Group for Asian elders living in Heston, including social, welfare and educational activities.
Wednesdays: Over 50s Club, St Paul's Parish Centre, St Paul’s Road, Brentford, 1pm-3.30pm. Bingo, raffles, days out – plus tea and biscuits! £2.50 per month, 020 8579 3517.
Wednesdays: Ekta Older Asian Women's Group, Heston Village Hall, New Heston Road, noon-3pm. Retired ladies over 65 years old are invited to share activities, talks and entertainment. 020 8759 2735.
Courses and classes Mondays: Improve your English and computer skills at free classes for women, 10am-1pm at St John’s Community Centre, 80 St John’s Road, Isleworth. Run by the Ethnic Minority Foundation. Sara Ali has details 020 7426 8961, 07912 692 295 or go along to the centre to enrol, email: Sara.Ali@EMFoundation.org.uk Keep fit Weekly: Keep Fit with the Fitness League on Mondays at Studio 21, Arts Educational School, Bath Road, Chiswick from 7.30pm to 9pm and Wednesdays at Worple Primary School, Queens Terrace, off Richmond Road, Isleworth from 7.45pm to 9.15pm. 020 8570 8519.
Wednesdays: Fitness For Over 50s at Heston Methodist Hall, Heston, 7.30pm-8.30pm. A weekly fitness class for the more mature age group – everyone welcome. £4.50, 01737 842 230.
Age Concern Hounslow Activities for older residents at Age Concern Hounslow’s Albany Social Club, Alexandra House, Albany Road, Brentford. Barbara Paul 8560 6969. D G’s cafe is open Monday-Friday 9.30am-3.30pm.
Mondays: Breakfast Morning 9.30am–10.30am Monday to Friday; Breakfast Keep fit (Chair Exercises) 10am–11am (£1.50). 10am-12 noon and 1pm-3pm IT classes; Keep Fit 1.30pm-3.30pm.
Tuesday: Reflexology every second Tuesday in the month. Please book; Bingo 1.30pm-3pm; Wednesday IT classes 10am-12 noon; Craft (Mosaics workshop) 10am-12 noon; Mamta Social Group 12 noon-3pm; shopping trips every other Wednesday. Please book.
Thursday: Fun and Fitness in Retirement Group 12noon – 3pm, Pilates 2.30pm-3.30pm.
Friday: Yoga with Hansa 10.30am–11.30am; Friday discussion group 10.30am-11.30am; Quiz and raffle 12 noon-1.30pm; Music for all 2pm-3.30pm.