What's Happening in Twickenham blog

New Literary Salon

An empty shop in Twickenham became the borough’s first Literary Salon as part of an annual festival. The salon was opened up for three weeks in November as part of the Richmond upon Thames Literary Festival, thanks to funding from the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund. The Literary Salon, in Heath Road, Twickenham, was an exhibition space offering events and workshops for members of the public.

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History projects get big grants

Thousands of pounds have been awarded to projects that aim to celebrate links with royalty in Twickenham. The Heritage Lottery Fund has donated more than £78,000 to two projects about history and royalty in the area. Royal Connections, run by Orleans House Gallery, has been given a £39,600 grant to help a project that is investigating the role the royal family played in shaping the borough.

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Empty shop is transformed into community art project

An empty shop was turned into a community art project for a month in an aim to help uplift Whitton High Street. Artist Chloe Edwards and Jessica Charleston moved into the unit for four weeks from December to January to work with the local community. The artists took a ‘pop-up’ version of their project The Emporium to the site, running a variety of workshops for members of the public.

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Seb Coe opens new sports facilities

Lord Sebastian Coe has paid a visit to his old training ground in Twickenham to open a new sports facility. Lord Coe opened the new £8.25 million sports centre at St Mary’s University College, where he trained during the height of his career. He praised the quality of the new facilities, which will be used as a pre-games training camp by athletes from three national teams during the run-up to London 2012. The sports centre is also open to members …

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Insects get their own hotel

Insects in Crane Park now have their own hotel thanks to eco friendly schoolchildren. The insect hotel has been designed and built by pupils from Archdeacon Cambridge School and Trafalgar Junior School as part of Project Bug. The hotel is a structure made entirely from recycled materials such as wood, terracotta plant pots, dry leaves, bark, straw and hay. Each section of the hotel is filled with a different material to provide a habitat for insects.

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