My Whitton High Street Schools Competition
Date posted: Tuesday 13th March 2012
The Whitton Business Association (WBA) and Richmond Council are working on a number of Outer London Fund initiatives to encourage the local community to engage in and make greater use of their local Whitton High Street businesses.
One of the projects has been to encourage local children to take a greater interest in their High Street and the shops, cafes and restaurants they use.
Back in January of this year the WBA town centre manager, the Library manager and a local volunteer organised a competition for children aged between 7 and 11.
Working with the four local junior schools (St Edmund’s RC Primary school, Nelson primary school, Heathfield Junior and Bishop Perrin CE Primary school, Chase Bridge Primary) children aged between 7-11 were invited to name their favourite shop, café or restaurant on Whitton High Street. They were asked to draw a picture of it and write about what they liked about it. Local children not attending the local junior schools were also invited to join in via the library.
The winners received a £5.00 voucher to spend in the High Street.
There were 225 entrants across the range of age groups. There were four main judges, Bridget Clements Town centre manager and Lucy Hawkins library staff member and two ward councillors; Liz Jaeger and Gareth Elliott.
The standard of entries was so high that the judges have awarded 42 prizes across the different age groups, and in four categories: words, pictures, words and pictures and branding. They have also awarded 19 highly commended entries. There was an overall ‘outstanding art’ commendation for 3 entrants, judged by a local artist and lecturer in fine art George Murray.
The prizes were awarded by the judges at Whitton Library on Saturday 10 March.
Bridget Clements, the Town Centre Manager said:"The response has been fantastic. It was fascinating to see what the children liked about their favourite shop, in Whitton High Street, and great to see so many wonderful visual and written expressions of their creativity.
"It was also interesting to see the wide range of shops, restaurants and cafes they chose. It shows what a lot we have to offer in Whitton High Street!
"We had a great turn out on Saturday for the awards ceremony and we thank the library, the teachers and children involved. " All entries are on display at Whitton Library until the end of March when they will be displayed in the High Street.
Date posted: Wednesday 28th March 2012
Whitton Wednesdays is a promotion scheme for WBA member independent shops, restaurants and cafes on Whitton High Street.
There is a 10% discount on selected items every Wednesday.
Participating shops will have a yellow sticker in their window.
Come and find out what special 10% discounts there are in your independent shops, restaurants and cafes.
History of Whitton
Date posted: Monday 9th April 2012
Whitton as a settlement was first documented in 1219. Sir John Suckling, the cavalier poet and inventor of cribbage, was born here in 1609. His house was sold in 1671 to Lord Belasyse who leased land to the King’s army for a hospital in the Powder Mill Lane area. In 1689 Belasyse built a new house close to the first of three large mansions to occupy the site of Kneller Hall, named after the baroque portrait painter Sir Godfrey Kneller.
In the 18th century the Third Duke of Argyll chose Whitton as his country estate where he grew rare and exotic trees. Only Murray Park and the Old Latymerians sports ground survive as reminders. By the 19th century most of Whitton was market gardens, nurseries and orchards with gunpowder manufacturing along the banks of the River Crane (now Crane Park) the only industry until its closure in 1924.
The parish of Whitton was created in 1862 when the church of St Philip and St James was built. Until 1931 Old Whitton remained much as we see it today with its Edwardian streets, former shops and cottages. By 1935, Percy Road from Whitton station to the Admiral Nelson had become the High Street and with all of the land south of Warren Road and Nelson Road given over to housing. In 1951 the district attaching St Augustine’s church took Heathfield out of the parish of St. Philip and St. James.
Ed Harris, Local Historian, March 2012.
Whitton Schools Competition Winners now online
Date posted: Friday 20th April 2012
St George's Day Parade "a great success"
Date posted: Tuesday 24th April 2012
This year's St George's Day event was a great success with paraders of all age groups represented; with children from the local junior schools, through to the Chelsea Pensioners. The parade was led by the Royal British Legion Youth Marching band with St George and his dragon close behind, as were the Pearly King and Queen and Town Cryer.
As usual the Whitton Business Association events team worked really hard organising the parade, the stalls and the entertainment for our Annual St George's Day event. So it was great to see so many people of all ages having such a good time. Bridget Clements, Town Centre Manager, Whitton Business Association.
Representatives of the Guiders, Boys Brigade, Police Cadets, and Horse rangers were also parading, as were the Whitton Lions RFC and Edmondian players. The Co-op dray horses and landau accompanied Military vehicles, Classic Motorbikes, Scooters and Cars.
There was lots to do throughout the day for people of all ages, with interesting market stalls, childrens rides and slides, street performers as well as live music for all tastes.
Town Centre Manager
Parking in the High Street - new arrangements in place
Date posted: Saturday 2nd June 2012
The new parking arrangements along the High Street (ie. 2hr free parking with parking bays and signs) will have come into force.
Jubilee Event in Richmond Park Tuesday 15 May
Date posted: Friday 25th May 2012
Richmond Council provided the WBA the opportunity to promote Whitton High Street to borough residents with a free exhibition stand at the Jubilee Wild Event in Richmond Park (15 May).
We were alongside the other Traders Associations from across Richmond Borough (Richmond, Twickenham, Hampton, Barnes etc), and the big attractions such as Kew Gardens, Hampton Court etc.
We had very good feedback about our stand from the residents and Councillors/ Officers who attended.
Photo: Angela Ivey
Whitton Lights Up Fun Run
Date posted: Tuesday 27th November 2012
Following the start of the popular Community market at 10am, there was a great ‘Lights Up’ Fun Run with 300 local people of all ages (from 200 junior footballers from Whitton Wanderers, to a number of dog walkers) either running or walking the course.
Whitton Wanderers raised a huge £1,000 for their efforts and overall this event raised a fantastic £1,400.
The prize winners were:
Overall winner – Jamie Finnagan
1st Man – Edward Brown
1st Woman – Emily Haberfield
1st boy – Joint win – Keiran Hickey and Michael Blake
1st Girl – Kaia Haberfield
1st Dog – Alfie
The Whitton Business Association would like to thank all of the participants for this great contribution to our Christmas Lights. In addition thanks to Foundry Fitness personal training of Teddington and all of the marshalls and helpers who made this such a successful event.
Christmas Lights Switch On 2012
Date posted: Monday 26th November 2012
The Whitton Business Association’s Christmas Lights Switch On event brought a great buzz to Whitton High Street on Sunday.
The High Street was busy throughout the day, with people enjoying the great variety of entertainment, market stalls and festive food on offer.
Following the start of the popular Community market at 10am, there was a great Fun Run with 300 local people of all ages (from 200 junior footballers from Whitton Wanderers, to a number of dog walkers) either running or walking the course.
Father Christmas was serenaded by a local jazz band as he glided along the High street in his donkey drawn cart. We had people of all ages dancing in the street to the great local 1950’s rockabilly band and many young children enjoying the ever-popular large teacup rides.
Young and old alike gathered to see Mary and Joseph walk along the street with their two donkeys. The day was rounded off with a wonderful performance of carols by the Kneller Hall Royal Military School of Music before the Lights were switched on at 4.30pm.
Please click on to this link for photos of the event taken by Jim Templeton-Cross.
Proceeds from the event will go to help fund the annual cost of £10,000 for the Christmas Lights currently paid for by the local independent business members of the Whitton Business Association and kind donations from Richmond Council and the Rugby Football Union.
Bridget Clements, Town Centre Manager 26.11.12
Special German Christmas Community Market
Date posted: Sunday 23rd December 2012
Many people braved the elements to be tempted by the Christmas goodies, and fresh foods for Christmas from our regular market stallholders.
Unfortunately a couple of stallholders weren't able to get here because of the rain affecting so many parts of the country, but there were still plenty of good things to enjoy:
* All Christmas Fresh Fruit, Nuts and Veg needs, including sprouts on stalks
* Fresh Fish and Seafood
* Meat and Poultry
* British and Continental Cheeses & British Goats Cheeses - please click for a full list
* Organic breads
* Olives and Olive Oils
* Home-made Cakes and Sweets
* Hand made Chocolate
* Fruit Flans and Tarts
* Plum puddings
* Mince pies
* Handmade bread-boards made by a local carpenter
Highly appreciated was the serving of Mulled wine and Spiced cider to get people in the festive spirit.
As always with the Community Market, proceeds go towards the cost of the High Street Christmas lights.
The First Whitton High Street Community Market
Date posted: Tuesday 20th November 2012
Thank you to the many people who came to the Whitton Business Association’s First Sunday Monthly High Street Community Market on 30 September.
Our market was very well attended. After a fairly slow start at 10am, the market was buzzing by 11am and this continued until about 2.30pm.
People said they were really enjoying themselves. They liked the variety and quality of the stalls and produce on offer, the great stallholders, and the event in general. Some of the comments in the feedback survey about the market included: ‘lovely quality stalls’ 'fantastic. The market sellers are superb' ‘makes the high street better’, ‘brings the local community together’ ‘very nice music, good fun’ ‘great atmosphere’ ‘great event look forward to the next one’ ‘it was great to be able to sample produce before I bought it’
Please click on to this link for photos of the event. You may be in one of the photos!!! All the photos were taken by Jim Templeton-Cross.
We certainly captured Pano of Pano Hair Design at both the Organic bread stall and olive oil stall, probably enjoying speaking Italian with Igor and Dani Signori.
Just a reminder of the stalls we had:
Freshly caught Fish (plaice, sole, skate) and Seafood (crab and lobster and prawns) from Salcombe,
Fresh Fruit and Veg, Meat and Poultry from Ellis our local butcher who as you may know rears his own pigs on his farm
A variety of British and continental cheeses including the popular Lancashire bomb
Organic breads from the finalist in London’s Best Loaf competition
Home-made Brownies, Olives and Olive Oils
Locally produced organic Chutneys, Sauces and Condiments
A great selection of Organic British goats Cheeses
Many different varieties of handmade Chocolates from around the World which you could sample as chocolate buttons
Delicious Hog Roast, home-made meat pies and pork scratchings
Raclette from the Cheese stall
Crêpes made by a local French chef
For beer lovers there was a Real Ale Stall where you could sample and buy a wide range of British and International micro-brewed beers
For young children there was a Children’s Fairie Dance stall and many children have signed up to the dance classes
We also had songs from Sam our local guitar player to entertained young children, including his own
Based on the great welcome and support you gave our stallholders we are pleased to say that the same stall holders will be coming back in October.
Some people said they wanted more stalls, but more of the same types of stalls and of the same quality. These food, drink and confectionary stallholders have been handpicked and we have to be careful not to duplicate stalls. If there were two of the same stalls then they would not do as well and they would not come back!!
We are however going to have a dedicated fruit and veg stall and a fancy cake stall at our next market. We will also have some quality craft stalls and more children’s activity too.
Please email us any further comments to email@example.com
Thanks again for your support and look forward to seeing you at future markets.
AGM Election Results
Date posted: Tuesday 27th November 2012
The Whitton Business Association held its AGM on 7th November 2012.
WBA members elected the following committee members:
* Chairman: Tony Yerby, Action Bikes, 54/56 Whitton High Street,
* Vice Chairman: Nick Futter, Milestone Residential, 128 Whitton High Street
* Treasurer: Mark Blackwell, MHR Consulting, 122 Whitton high Street
* Committee Member: Paul Dudley, Kneller Furnishings, 34/36 Whitton High Street
* Committee Member: Nicola Paterson, Nix Flower Studio, 91 Whitton High Street
* Committee Member: Kate Turner, Kathryn Turner Trust, 16/18 Whitton High Street
2012 - a good year for Whitton
Date posted: Monday 31st December 2012
Thank you to the many people who have been supporting the local monthly Community Market on Whitton High Street, not least our fourth and Christmas Special on 23 December when you braved the rainy weather.
Bucking the trend in high streets generally, we have been quite lucky, with a reduction in the empty units to under 9%. This compares favourably to other ‘villages’ in Richmond Borough.
This year we have had some positive changes:
• We have four new shops, including the popular Toy Shop, Gear4Gears and Greggs.
• The start of the Monthly Community Market in September.
• Council commitment to upgrading the High Street pavements and private forecourts (with Landlord’s consent) in 2013/14. Further details on timings to follow.
However it is still a difficult time for our High Street shops, cafes restaurants and other local businesses, so we look forward to your support in 2013.
Please note that there will be no Whitton High Street community market in January, so the first one of the year will be Sunday 24 February, same time, same place.
Bridget Clements, Town Centre Manager
St George's Day a great success
Date posted: Wednesday 15th May 2013
This year’s Annual St Georges Day celebration in Whitton High Street on Saturday April 20th was a joy to be seen. We were very fortunate with the sunny weather and the High Street was alive with people of all ages enjoying themselves throughout the day. Approximately 6,000 local residents and visitors came and joined in the fun!
The parade was wonderful, led by the Kneller Hall band, with George and his dragon and the Chelsea pensioners, representatives of local groups and local schools, accompanied by Bob and Builder and friends. They were followed by the Coop dray horses and carriage, London Fire Brigade, military vehicles, scooters and motorbikes
There was plenty of entertainment and fun for all of the family with children's rides and slides, traditional games such as ‘hook the duck’ and many tombolas for different local causes.
There was a wide range of stalls catering for all tastes, with fresh foods, crafts and toys as well as a beer and pimms tent. Many of the shops had their own stalls too.
Throughout the day there were street performers and lots of music for all age groups, with disco and also live performances from Kneller Hall Band, Big Jim Soul and the Monkeys.
Whitton was lucky enough to have the parade presided over by two Mayors from two countries: the Mayor of Richmond and the Mayor of Fontainebleau, the latter visiting Richmond as part of the town twinning exchange.
Please click on to this link for photos of the event taken by Jim Templeton-Cross.
Proceeds from the day go towards the cost of the WBA funded Christmas lights and local charities.
Thanks go to everyone who came and participated in this Whitton annual community event.
Thanks also go to the WBA events team , other volunteers, the Council for the road closure and Rugby Football Union for their generous sponsorship.
New Greengrocer for Whitton
Date posted: Tuesday 14th May 2013
Tony who lives in Whitton Dean has been working in the fruit and veg business since he was 12 years old, starting off as a Saturday boy at Richmond Market. He has always in lived in the area but not always worked locally, more recently as a greengrocer in High Wycombe.
Says Tony “I wanted to work closer to home so have been looking for a unit in the Whitton area. By taking a stall at the Whitton Community Market I got to know what was going on and luckily I have found a great unit in the centre of the High Street”.
Tony has been a regular at the newly created ‘Whitton Sunday Monthly Community Market’ on the High Street and will continue with his stall.
According to the Whitton Town Centre Manager, residents of Whitton have been saying they want a greengrocer in their High Street for sometime. When Tony applied for a pitch at our Community Market but said was also looking for a unit in the High Street if the right one came available, this was very good news indeed. The market has given Tony a chance to try out the area and the residents the chance to try out his offering.
Community Market 30th June
Date posted: Monday 15th July 2013
At the market on 30 June we introduced some new stalls and undertook a survey to find out your views on the market and obtain new ideas.
The market had the regulars inclugin Fresh Fruit and Veg (who now has a shop in the High Street) , Meat and Poultry, Norbiton British and Continental Cheeses Cheeses (click here for a full list), Rubens Organic breads (visit website), Plants and Flowers, Locally produced Chutneys, Anila's Sauces and Condiments (visit website)(new stall)
We had cakes baked by local resident including Debbies Cakes and Lola's cup cakes plus crêpes made by our local French chef.
Our craft stalls include a children’s pottery painting stal, hand-made baby gifts and Threadbare Designs (photo on Home page).
We also have some other stalls: a local chiropractor who checked your posture for free, the Whitton Lions rugby club selling their rugby shirts as well as their club shop accessories.
In addition, Richmond Council had a stall so you could come talk to Council officers. The cafes were open including the newly refurbished Coffee Bean, Coffeeways and La Parisienne. Café Venice and Golden Grill restaurants were also open too.
Many of the shops were open including Action Bikes, Gear4Gears, Whitton Pet Centre, Nix Flower Studio, Cumbers and Bargain House.
General information about the community market Proceeds from the market go towards the annual costs of the Christmas Lights.
If you would like to submit your views on the Community market and or are interested in more information about market (including pitch costs and stall details) and the Annual High Street events please contact: Bridget Clements, Town Centre Manager, WBA on 07599 910111 firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Market pitch costs are £25 for local and £40 for non-local stallholders. Food stall holders require a Food Hygiene certificate and all stall holders require indemnity insurance. Applications have to be submitted to the Council 28 days before the date of the market. Application forms are supplied upon expression of interest.
Bridget Clements, Whitton Town Centre Manager 11.7.13
Whitton High Street Community Market
Date posted: Monday 15th July 2013
There have now been nine Sunday Community markets since it was established in September 2012 ie every month except January. The market has been very successful in bringing the High Street to life on Sunday mornings. It has also successfully showcased potential new businesses. Tony who has been our regular fruit and veg stallholder has now opened up a popular greengrocers shop next to Coffeeways - click here to read the full story
The High Street improvement works are in full swing. It is anticipated that the York Stone pavement installation and tree works will be completed by March 2014.
Council Works - Pavement and Trees - update
Date posted: Thursday 3rd October 2013
New Artisan Bakery – Your Whitton Bakery – opens in High Street
Date posted: Thursday 15th August 2013
It is great to see another quality independent shop opening in Whitton, an artisan bakers called Your Whitton Bakery.
Stefano Paccinno and Helen Cox, both local residents are following their dream of opening up a local artisan bakery. It opened on Wednesday 7 August and has an excellent range of breads and patisseries.
Stefano is Italian and a Swiss trained patisserie and bakery chef. He has worked in Italy, Switzerland and more recently Richmond, where three years ago he opened up the Kitchen on Richmond Hill, where he has been working ever since.
Stefano decided it was time to go it alone but was so popular in Richmond that he has been asked to continue making and supplying their bread.
Empty Shop Renovation
Date posted: Thursday 15th August 2013
1 High St Whitton has been in a run-down state of repair for some time, local residents often complaining about the state of it.
After a lengthy period of negotiation the Whitton Business Association gained permission from the landlord to carry out the remedial works. Organised and funded by the WBA, thanks go out to Five Fish Graphic Design, Twickenham Museum, Nelson Heating & Plumbing and Whitton Village Facebook for their input / sponsorship.
Click on the video above to watch the transformation.
"Tidying up this shop front has been a focus of our attention for sometime now. I am delighted that the project has now been completed and has been so well received. The images of the Odeon Cinema that once stood on the site have proved very popular. We are looking for additional sponsors to carry out similar projects in the High St." Tony Yerby Chairman WBA.
Anyone interested in leasing the property should contact David Keats - Martin Campbell 020 8940 2266
New WBA Members
Date posted: Saturday 5th October 2013
Welcome to the new owners of the Coffee Bean in Whitton High Street who have just joined the WBA.
The local husband and wife team benefit from years of experience as head chef in 5 star hotel catering as well as home baking.
High Street Community Market News
Date posted: Thursday 3rd October 2013
There have now been nine Sunday Community markets since it was established in September 2012.
The next community Community Market will be in 2014, as new sites are being considered by the Council as the market is affected by the pavement works.
Whitton Christmas Lights Switch On 2013
Date posted: Sunday 24th November 2013
Thank you to all who joined us at this year’s Whitton Christmas Lights Switch On 2013. A good time was had by all, despite the rather wintry weather.
140 local people of all ages entered the very successful ‘Christmas Lights up Fun Run’ in aid of the Christmas Lights and local charities this year.
Children were able to meet Santa in his new outdoor Santa’s Grotto, kindly donated by Tony of Golden Grill. They also enjoyed the children’s rides and slides, traditional games and face painting.
Santa’s little helper opens up the Grotto to let in his next customer. Photo by Jim Templeton Cross
There was plenty of food and drink on offer from the local businesses and the 30 market stalls, mostly run by local residents, charity groups and also Bishops Perrin school. The stalls were also selling a range of handmade local crafts and accessories and running tombolas for local causes.
People of all ages enjoying Christmas Lights Up event 2013. Photo by Jim Templeton Cross
Following music supplied by Abracadabra, the Kneller Hall Military Band played Christmas Carols before the Christmas Lights were officially turned on by Dusty Dog.
Whitton’s wonderful Christmas lamp column and tree lights are now on. Photo by Jim Templeton Cross
Any proceeds from the day go to help fund the WBA funded Christmas Lights and local charities.
Thanks go to Richmond Council and the Rugby Football Union for their generous sponsorship.
Pop Up Whitton - shop
Date posted: Friday 20th December 2013
The Whitton Business Association, with support from Richmond Council has set up a Pop Up shop in Whitton High Street. The first tenants to move are Whitton Artists Co-Operative (WACO) arts and craft shop.
Whitton Artists Co-Operative (WACO) is a new venture set up by Sylvie Freullet, a local artist with her own studio Artbox and who works in a group with other local artists. They are setting up the Art and Craft Shop so they can both exhibit and sell their work. The pieces are all originals including abstract and landscape paintings in various media such as wax and acrylics, photography, stamp based posters, fabric designs, porcelain and ceramics work and gestational art. They are also running art and craft workshops for adults and teenagers to help with the rental costs.
The venture is great for all involved. Whitton Business Association Chairman, Tony Yerby said "This has been a long term project for us, we are proud to see the first POP UP WHITTON shop open for business. Empty shops are such a blight on the High Street, some remaining unoccupied for many months, if not years. With the support of Richmond Council we have managed to bring an empty unit back into use and give a local business a chance to set up on the High Street. We wish our first tenants Artbox and WACO all the very best in their new venture."
Sylvie Freullet is a longstanding Whitton Resident, artist and an experienced teacher in Arts and Crafts. To quote Sylvie:
‘It has been my ambition to have a gallery and Art & Craft shop where artists can showcase and sell their work and inspire others to participate in workshops on the premises’
‘I contacted the WBA who loved the idea and have been amazing. They have supported us so much during these first weeks and would really like to thank them for making the idea come alive’.
Councillor Gareth Evans, Strategic Cabinet Member for Community, Business and Culture, responsible for working with the town centres within Richmond Borough knows of many businesses wishing to trial their ideas in Pop Up Shops but has found the main obstacle has been getting landlords to engage in the idea.
‘Getting the landlord’s consent to secure a unit on a short-term basis is not easy, despite some real benefits, and we are very impressed that the WBA have managed to do this as well as find a local business which is interested in setting up a shop and willing to pay the rent to do so’.
Anyone interested in becoming a POP UP WHITTON tenant should email the Whitton Town Centre Manager : email@example.com.
Further information Pop Up Whitton is at 15 High Street Whitton
WACO is born --(Whitton Artists Co-Operative)
It is where artists and crafts-people can showcase and sell their work.
The co-operative will only work with a group of people, one person alone, even 2 or 3 won’t make it work, so It has to be beneficial for all the group. We will be having 2-hourly Art and Craft workshops for Adults and teenagers 13+ in the back of the shop. There is enough space for 6-8 people. (Minimum size of 4/5).
It is hoped that this will inspire others to participate and exhibit their work and it will also help with the shop rental costs.
PRESS CONTACT Bridget Clements Whitton Town Centre Manager Whitton Business Association firstname.lastname@example.org 07599 910111
Whitton Town Centre retail audit
Date posted: Wednesday 12th February 2014
There has been a fair amount of activity in the town centre over the past 2 years.
The recent audit (Feb 2014) of Whitton Town Centre retail businesses (the High Street and the nearby units in Nelson Road and Percy Road) is very positive for Whitton.
In 2012, of the 133 units in the town centre 14 were vacant. Since then 8 of the 14 empty units have been occupied with new retail businesses. For example Your Whitton Bakery, Toy Shop, Beany Boos, Aura Jewellers.
In addition there have been 7 changes in business owners. For example Five Fish Designers have gone into ex-Sweet Success and the Whitton Fruit Market has gone into ex-Shoe Stop.
Of the current vacant units 3 of them are soon to be occupied.
For example, the building site at no 53-55 is categorised as an empty unit, but it will be a Sainsbury’s and fully operational by October 2014, if not before.
Boris ‘comes to Whitton town’….
Date posted: Thursday 13th March 2014
Boris Johnson’s whistle-stop tour of Whitton High Street on Wednesday afternoon (12 March) created great excitement amongst traders and local residents alike! Even the local youngsters were keen to get their photos taken with him.
It was also a chance for Boris to see how well used his Outer London Funding has been in the High Street and also to thank him for the funding. (You may recall that we at the WBA successfully applied for funding for a series of projects to enhance and promote the High Street and were heavily involved in implementing the work during 2012/2013).
Bridget Clements Whitton Town Centre Manager 13 March
St George's Day 2014
Date posted: Thursday 1st May 2014
This year’s Annual St Georges Day celebration in Whitton High Street on Saturday April 26th was a joy to be seen. The High Street was alive with people of all ages enjoying themselves throughout the day. We were very lucky with the weather, bringing out about 6,000 residents and visitors to join in the fun!
This year the Motorbikes and Scooters provided a dramatic start as the forward party to the parade in the High Street. They were followed by the Royal British Legion Youth Marching band and many other parade groups who were all acknowledged by the Mayor of Richmond and Vince Cable as they marched down the High Street.
Along with St George and his Dragon, the parade also included the RNLI standard bearer, Whitton Day Nursery, Whitton Rainbow Guides, Whitton Brownies, Whitton Lions, Whitton Baptist Church and the St Philips and St James Church. They were accompanied by Dusty Does Disco, Dansicality, The Edmundian Players and the Police Cadets. Following up the rear were the Coop dray horse and carriage, London Fire Brigade, Military vehicles and Classic cars.
There was plenty of entertainment and fun for all of the family throughout the day with children's rides and slides; traditional games such as bows and arrows and ‘hook the duck’ and a new very popular ride ‘the bucking bronco’’.
We had a great variety of stalls from the Scouts with their bows and arrows and tombolas for local causes to Bishops Perrin School with their home made cakes, and some of the Community Market Stallholders with plants, cheeses, wines, and oils. In addition were crafts, clothes, accessories and toys. Many of the shops had their own stalls too. The Pop Up Whitton shop was very busy with its facepainting, hand casting, clay modeling and taster craft workshops.
There was a variety of street food including burgers, German sausages, Turkish Mezze, crepes and candy floss, as well as the highly popular WBA Pimms and beer tent (and soft drinks).
Throughout the day there was live music from local groups and bands catering for all tastes and age groups.
Proceeds from the day go towards the cost of the WBA funded Christmas lights and local charities. Thanks go to everyone who came and participated in this Whitton annual community event and also to our volunteers.
Click here to see photos taken by Jim Templeton-Cross
Thanks also go to the Council for the road closure and Rugby Football Union for their generous sponsorship as well as Whitton Day Nursery, the Leander Group, Milestone Residential and Fullers Brewery.
Bridget Clements, Town Centre Manager Whitton Business Association
WW1 - The Greater Game
Date posted: Thursday 7th August 2014
Local Whitton resident, Historian and playwright Ed Harris has been extremely busy over the past year writing and producing a play called The Greater Game is based on the story of his wife’s grandfather, local rifleman Frank Edwards and his involvement in the First World War.
The Greater Game stage play surrounds the 1914 Christmas Truce that inspired Frank to kick a football ahead of the Battle of Loos in 1915. It will be performed at the Hampton Hill Playhouse from June 2015.
Susan Harris Ed’s wife remembers her grandfather Frank very well, visiting The Prince Albert every day and bringing a pint home to share with his budgie, Joey, who managed to escape his cage only once, the day in 1964 when Frank died peacefully in his armchair.
'The Greater Game' is part of a Football at the Front Project which has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s HLF’s First World War: Then and Now programme. Ed Harris is currently looking for cast and crew so if you are interested please contact Ed. (details below).
In 1915, inspired by the 1914 Christmas truce, and ahead of the Battle of Loos, Frank Edwards and his fellow London Irish rifleman, against orders, dribbled a football as they crossed No Man’s land towards the German line at Loos.
Rifleman Frank Edwards was gassed, shot in the hand and thigh and failed to reach the enemy line. He survived the war and lived Twickenham where he worked as a swimming instructor, an office manager and at a local bakery, and was a batman at Kneller Hall.
When his wife died in the early 1950s he moved to live with his daughter, Daphne, and her family in Colonial Avenue, Whitton.
The Twickenham Museum has received £9,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Football at the Front Project. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: Then and Now programme, the project surrounds the 1914 Christmas Truce that inspired local rifleman Frank Edwards to kick a football ahead of the Battle of Loos in 1915. His audacious act stirred Twickenham Captain Wilfred ‘Billie’ Nevill to do likewise on the first day of The Somme in July 1916.
The project looks to involve people of all ages and abilities through local study and craft workshops, action tableau exhibitions, digital technology, re-enactment and community performance in a distinctive window on Twickenham’s contribution to the First Word War.
On 4th December 2014, The Twickenham Museum partners the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall in a re-enactment of the 1914 Christmas Truce involving British and German schoolchildren and serving soldiers.
Subsequent exhibitions at The Twickenham Museum in September 2015 and July 2016 will record the lives of Frank Edwards and Billie Nevill respectively. Twickenham museum is always looking for volunteers so you would like to get involved in any way please contact Ed.
For more details contact Ed Harris, Trustee of The Twickenham Museum. Email: email@example.com Tel: 0208 894 5136 www.twickenham-museum.org.uk/
Commemorative window display
Date posted: Thursday 7th August 2014
Alan Buck, of Bucks the popular hairdressers on 150 Nelson Road in Whitton Town Centre and member of the Whitton Business Association, commemorates the centenary of the start of the First World War in August 2014, with his eye-catching and poignant window display.
Says Alan…’We usually like to have window displays to support local events. This display is to commemorate and show our respect for the sacrifices made by so many soldiers and civilians in the First World War, an event so huge it affected all of our families’.
Saturday Monthly Community Market given ‘in principle’ Council approval
Date posted: Tuesday 14th October 2014
Thank you for all of your comments about and interest in the proposed new venue and day for the monthly market/event (Tranmere Rd and last Saturday in the month) which now has Council approval for a trial period.
We had interesting and many positive comments back from yourselves and the residents in Tranmere and Mayfair Avenue.
The consultation documents, with comments from both residents and businesses and WBA feedback to these comments were submitted to Richmond Council on August 12th. The Council has given ‘in principle’ feedback for a ‘trial period’. The WBA will launch the new look market early in 2015.
Whitton Christmas Lights Switch On 2014
Date posted: Tuesday 25th November 2014
The Whitton Business Association would like to thank all of the people who braved the weather and came out to support our Christmas Lights Up and Fun Day on Sunday 23 November.
The rain was relentless all morning as we set up the road closures, stage, stalls and rides and also when the event started with the Fun Run at Midday.
Impressively our runners still look part, Freddie was there with his rides and our 40 stallholders all turned up doubting whether they would make any money. We had many new and interesting stalls, including a new vintage clothing stall which created a lot of interest.
It was with great relief that during the afternoon, despite the weather the hardy more and more people began to arrive in the High Street.
Luckily by about 4pm the rain eased off so that we could watch Kneller Hall Band performing Carols and see the Christmas Lights being switched on in the dry.
It was now time for residents to enjoy the High Street and the excellent Christmas lights and make the most of the many open shops, stalls and rides up and down the High Street before the road re-opened at 6pm.
Crowds enjoying the event with the Christmas lights switched on Crowds enjoying the event with the Christmas lights switched on
In the end we had about 5,000 people coming to our Christmas Lights Switch on and Fun Day which is about the same as last year.
Sunday’s event demonstrates Whitton’s great community spirit and support for Whitton High Street, which makes all of the effort worthwhile.
The Whitton Business Association owns and manages the Christmas lamp column Light installation and manages and funds the Whitton High Street Lights switch on event.
We do have some sponsors to thank for this event as follows: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Rugby Football Union, Golden Grill, Whitton Day Nursery, the Leander Group, EML Installations, Five Fish and Sainsburys Local.
For more photos of our Christmas Lights Switch on please visit Jim Templeton-Cross's gallery
Work on Whitton Station starts January 2015
Date posted: Wednesday 21st January 2015
Osbournes, on behalf of Network Rail are demolishing the existing station and rebuilding it. The works are due to start at the end of January 2015 with completion due prior to this year’s Rugby World Cup which starts in September 2015.
The station will remain open throughout the work. However the parking bays directly outside the station will be suspended throughout the duration of the works.
Any major deliveries will take place out of hours and will be supported by manual ‘stop and go’ boards with pedestrians being marshalled through when required.