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Royal Opera Backstage Tour - Saturday 16 June 2018

We may have the Royal Opera House backstage tour to ourselves (if we are a full group of 20) or other visitors may be added to our number when we get there to make up a full group. We need a minimum of 10 people signed up to book the tour. The tour covers the auditorium where our guide explains the history of the Royal Opera House. We are then taken into the old flower market (of My Fair Lady fame) which has been comprehensively refurbished in recent years. From here we go backstage and the rest of the tour will depend on which rehearsals are taking place. royal_opera_house

As the Royal Opera House is a fully working theatre, each tour is a unique experience, and may include opportunities such as seeing the Royal Ballet performers in class and the magnificent backstage technology in operation which allows scene changes in 40 seconds. The tour could also include the wardrobe area and the props room where some amazing things are made (see picture above). Who knows what famous ballet or opera stars we may see? It will be a truly memorable trip. After the tour we have time to take a late lunch in one of the many food houses around. We can then stay for the rest of the afternoon walking around the area or make our way back home as suits.

The tour starts at 12.30pm and lasts 75 minutes, followed by a late lunch and a walk around the area. COST: Tour £10.50, payable in advance to Tim Perrin who will be leading the trip. Train fare (Oyster or Travelcard) and food as required.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL - MINIMUM 10, MAXIMUM 20 PEOPLE. Sign up on the list at Teddington Baptist Church ASAP and by Sunday 1 April LATEST
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Tour of Stanley Picker House - Thursday 3 May 2018

stanley_picker_house Stanley Picker was a patron of the arts who formed a very individual collection of twentieth century sculptures and paintings. He was born in New York in 1913 and died in England in 1982. Stanley's house off Kingston Hill, which is owned and managed by the Stanley Picker Trust, was designed by Kenneth Wood and built in 1968. The specification for the design was that it should be built to house and display his art collection and, at the same time, be a home where he could live and enjoy entertaining. The garden gallery was added in 1976 to accommodate his expanding collection.

The tour lasts a maximum of two hours. An experienced lecturer will guide us around the house and its collection of paintings, architecture and furnishings. This is followed by a walk around the beautiful gardens. There is strictly no photography allowed anywhere at the property.

Footwear and Access: Please wear flat soft soled shoes. Protective shoe covers will be provided and must be worn to protect the wooden flooring and original carpeting. The house is set in the side of a hill and is split level with the main areas of the house, the gallery and the garden being accessed by a series of steep stairs. There is no lift unfortunately so visitors with limited mobility will not be able to access areas beyond the entrance level of the house.

Parking: Maximum 6 cars can park on the forecourt of the house. Parking is NOT allowed in the private road outside. NB Stanley Picker House is not to be confused with its associated Kingston University Stanley Picker Gallery in central Kingston, so make sure you head up Kingston Hill to the House.

TRANSPORT: CAR/TRAIN /BUS Parking for 6 cars only. Bus K3 or 85 stops at Warren Road.

TIME AND MEETING PLACE: Meet at the venue 1.45pm, returning to Teddington 5pm. The PRIVATE ADDRESS will be given to all who sign up.

COST: Tour price approx £12 depending on numbers. Plus own travel. (Note there are no café or toilet facilities at the venue.)

LEADER: Jill Butt

FURTHER INFORMATION: See the website for Stanley Picker House:

TO BOOK: Email or phone Janet or Steph asap Janet h 020 8977 3534, m 07944 969 028 email or Steph h 020 8977 4082 m 07876 015 238
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Easter Family Stroll
Easter Monday 2 April 2018

Join us for an all age 2-3 mile morning stroll in the beautiful Woodland Gardens, Bushy Park. Meet 10.15am in the Pheasantry Café in Bushy Park for coffee first, or at 11am outside the café for the start of walk. End approx 1.00pm.

Our walk will take place in both of the Woodland Gardens and into some of the more remote parts of the second garden, through woodland and alongside a stream. We will see plenty of wildfowl and birds. Spring flowers such as daffodils should be in bloom as well as early flowering shrubs. Around 12 o'clock we will stop for an early picnic so bring whatever you need with you. There will also be a quiz for all children taking part to keep them interested! Some parts of the walk may be over muddy ground so stout shoes and a waterproof jacket are recommended, together with a water bottle.


TO BOOK: Email or or sign up on the list at Reception.

Led by Janet Dilley (Click for details pdf document)

Turner's House - Thursday 22 February 2018

In 1813 Turner built this attractive and modestly-sized house in a large plot of land in Twickenham close to the river where he liked to fish. He used it as a weekend retreat from his busy London life as an academician and moved his father to live here. Great efforts have been made to conserve the house as an example of Turner's unusual architectural output for the public to enjoy. Various discoveries have been made in the process and we are very fortunate that on the day of our visit the house is running an additional talk on the archaeological finds from 12.45-12.55 before our main tour begins at 1pm.

You can read more about the house on the link below or wait until the tour to find out about this new and exciting local heritage attraction. There is also an excellent video on the website on the House/History page relating the importance of the house and its state before renovations began. After the tour we will walk to a café in Crown Road (5 mins) for tea and cake or a late lunch. House facilities: Toilet and a small selection of items to purchase. Please note that the house has a number of stairs to navigate.


FURTHER INFORMATION: Read more Turner's House Tel 020 8892 5485. A painting and drawing exhibition - Turner in Surrey - is showing at The Lightbox Gallery in Woking until 4 March, displaying works produced from this house.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL - 12 spaces only - please book BY 13 FEBRUARY 2018 by signing up on the sheet at Teddington Baptist Church.
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Mail Rail Train Ride/Exhibition and Post Office Museum - Saturday 20 January 2018

We have an exciting first outing to kick off our 2018 programme: Hop aboard the historic Mail Rail train that runs under London and visit the special Mail Rail exhibition and the Post Office Museum. Read more about it by clicking here.

Mike is leading the outing which takes place on Saturday 20 January, meeting at Teddington Station at 12.30pm and returning around 6pm. Grab one of the 10 seats we have reserved by emailing as soon as possible. If places fill up fast we will run a reserve list. Payment will be required by 6 January latest to confirm our booking with the venue.
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Mail Train
The Mail Train


Christmas Market and Guildhall Art Gallery - Tuesday 28 November 2017

Get into the festive spirit with the sights and sounds of the annual Guildhall Christmas Market organised by the British Red Cross, which is open for one day only (10.30am-8pm).

Also visit the free-entry Guildhall Art Gallery, which has a beautiful mezzanine gallery displaying paintings from 1670 to the present including Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces. A Roman amphitheatre exists in the basement which is well worth a visit too.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Red Cross Guildhall Christmas Market

Murder on the Orent Express (12A) 114 mins
Saturday 4 November 2017 at 8.15pm

Murder on the Orient Express: Olivia Colman and Judi Dench Credit: Nicola Dove
Copyright 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

click to see a trailer on Youtube

Pottering to Peaslake - Wednesday 20 September 2017 country cottage

A 7.5 mile circular country walk starting and finishing in Shere, with a break for lunch in Peaslake. The route follows long stretches of beautiful ancient lanes which criss-cross this area of the Surrey Hills. We pass through sections of heath and woodland with the opportunity to see plenty of wildlife and enjoy views across the landscape. Bring boots or stout walking shoes, rainwear, something to drink and perhaps a snack. Walk is hilly, can be muddy, and beware brambles and stinging nettles as some paths are overgrown!

The walk from Shere to our lunch stop at Peaslake will take about 2 hours. There are toilets in Shere and Peaslake, but none on the route - however we will have a 'comfort stop' in woodland after about 1.5 hours.

The Hurtwood Inn at Peaslake serves light and not-so-light lunches (but be warned there is a short but steep hill to climb immediately afterwards!). There is also a village shop which sells freshly-made sandwiches, and there are benches available outside for a picnic - also a toilet available for customers' use only.

The walk from Peaslake back to Shere should take around 1.5 hours, and there will be an opportunity for a cup of tea or maybe an ice cream before we head home.

We will go in private cars - please let Gill know or indicate on the sign-up sheet if you need a lift or are able to offer any seats in your car to others. Suggested donation to drivers by passengers of £4. Approximate drive time 1 hour 5 mins.

TO BOOK: Sign up on the list in the Atrium.
(Click for details pdf document)

Barn Dance - Saturday 16 September 2017 from 6.30pm to 9pm Barn Dance

This barn dance is for all ages and will be led by Joy Bell. Come to dance or just to watch! Cheese baguettes, fruit & cold drinks will be provided - £3 suggested donation

TO BOOK: Sign up on the list in the Atrium. ( details pdf document) or email

Outing to Eltham Palace - Wednesday 12 July 2017 from 9.30am-6pm

Great Hall roof of Eltham Palace
Great Hall roof
We depart Mottingham Railway Station, leaving suburbia behind, to walk along a wooded track part of the Green Chain walk and joining the ancient King John's walk. We pass horses in fields and a multicoloured stables to emerge above playing fields with an astonishing vista. The Palace, once home to the child Henry VIII, fell into ruin, but the site was taken over by millionaire Stephen Courtauld and his wife Virginia to be their state-of -the art, all mod cons home, provided they restored the medieval Great Hall. Still remaining is the bridge over the moat, and ruined walls with hidden passages overlooking the lovely gardens including a rock garden cascade. The house and gardens can be visited very enjoyably with a multi media guide which is very easy to use.

TO BOOK: Email or sign up on the list in the Atrium.
(Click for details pdf document)


EXPLORE CLERKENWELL - Tuesday 23 May 2017 from 9.25am-4.15pm
Museum of the Order of St John
Join Steph Wilkinson on a guided tour of the historic Museum of the Order of St John, from its 11th century origins in Jerusalem to its international role today with the St John Ambulance. Followed by a visit to the creative annual Clerkenwell Design Fair showcasing the best of latest contemporary furniture and interior design.
Limited to 10 spaces.
TO BOOK: Email or sign up on the list in the Atrium.
(Click for details pdf document)


Easter Family Walk
Easter Monday 17 April 2017

Join us for a 7 mile circular walk from Bushy Park (Teddington Gate), Home Park and Riverside via Hampton Court Palace. Starts 10.15am at Teddington Gate to Bushy Park (end of Avenue Gardens) or join the walk at 11.15am at Old King's Head Pub, Hampton Wick. Finish approx 3pm at Teddington Gate.
Quiz and Certificates for children taking part.

TO BOOK: Email or or sign up on the list in the Atrium.

Led by Janet Dilley (Click for details pdf document)

Wednesday 5 April 2017

two temple place

From Waterloo Station we walk (15 mins) across Waterloo Bridge to visit Two Temple Place on Embankment. It is one of London's architectural gems, an extraordinary late Victorian mansion built by William Waldorf Astor. The house is owned by the registered charity, The Bulldog Trust, and supports the charitable activities of the Trust through exhibitions and events hosted in the building. Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion is the sixth Winter Exhibition to take place and runs until 23 April.

There will be time for coffee before viewing the exhibition and time for lunch afterwards. There may also be time to explore the surrounding Temple Area. In the cafe, there is a delicious selection of handmade sweet and savoury dishes including sandwiches, sausage rolls, hot soup and sweet treats. Barista coffees, a selection of teas and cold drinks will also be available. A wide variety of gifts, souvenirs and original art works are on sale in the shop.

Meet at 9.30am at Teddington Station, returning at approx 4.00pm

TO BOOK: Email or add your name to list of attendees in the Atrium. Maximum of 12 people

Led by Janet Dilley
(Click for details pdf document)

Enjoying Textile Craft
Wednesday 1 March 2017

LEADERS:Elizabeth Hicks & Joy Bell
TIME:2.30pm - 4.30pm
PLACE:at Elizabeth's house: 41 Teddington Park, Teddington TW11 8DB
SPACES:Max 10 people, reserve in advance

Taste different textile crafts using a range of materials to do patchwork, quilting, appliqué or try knitting or crocheting in a very friendly and informal setting. You'll have the opportunity to learn new skills by having a go yourself and watching others. Elizabeth and Joy have many years experience and expertise and will be very happy to pass on their knowledge in this free social workshop.

No need to bring materials of your own unless you have something that you might like to decorate, for example a cushion or a bag. Also feel free to bring your own projects you are working on to share with others or to get some help with. It will be instructive, lively and fun and we hope to see you there!

To reserve your place please sign up on the sheet at Teddington Baptist Church, email Elizabeth ejhicks@btinternet.comor ring 020 8977 8406 in advance.

Coffee & Walk
Thursday 2 February 2017

We are going to have a 'Coffee & Walk' at The Pheasantry Cafe in Bushy Park on Thursday 2 February starting with coffee at 10.00am and setting off for a walk in the lovely Woodland Gardens until approx 11.30am. Hope you'll join us. Just turn up or let Janet (07944 969 028) or Steph (07876 015 238) know you're coming.


Manchester by the Sea
Saturday 14 January 2017

Our first outing of the new year is a cinema trip to see 'Manchester by the Sea' at Richmond Odeon Screen 6 on Saturday 14th January at 5.45pm (book online and meet there).


Winchester Cathedral & Christmas Market
Saturday 3 December 2016

All-age minibus day trip for Shopping & Cathedral visit plus optional tea and skating.
Meet 8.50am for prompt 9.00am departure from Teddington Baptist arriving Winchester approx 10.10am. Arrive back about 5.45pm.
Cost: £12 return minibus per person
Optional extras: £4 Cathedral Highlight Tour at 10.30am plus Food and Skating.
Please sign-up early (sign-up sheet in the church) so we know whether we need one or two minibuses.
Led by Pam Chapman ( details pdf document)

Abstract Expressionist exhibition at the Royal Academy
and a Moroccan lunch
Thursday 10 November 2016

This outing takes us to see the colourful artwork by Pollock, Rothko, Still, de Kooning and other big names at the Royal Academy. It is followed by a delicious lunch in a very atmospheric Moroccan restaurant nearby. Just 10 spaces available, so do book soon!
Led by Steph Wilkinson ( details pdf document)

Ripley Ramble
Wednesday 12 October 2016

A five-mile circular country walk starting and finishing on Ripley Village Green. The walk takes us on unmade paths along waterways and across fields, with views across Papercourt Reservoir - a popular area for rowing, sailing and fishing.
Meet in Ripley at 10am for coffee at Pinnocks Coffee House, High Street, Ripley GU23 6AF if you wish Or come at 11am for the start of the walk from the car park for Ripley Cricket Club/Village Green, near to the public toilets. We will go in private cars - please let Gill know or indicate on the sign-up sheet in the church if you need a lift or are able to offer any seats in your car to others. Approximate drive time 40 minutes.
Led by Gill Wetherall ( details pdf document)

Picnic Rugs & Popcorn at the Palace
Friday 2 September 2016

Come and experience an outdoor screening of
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
in the stunning gardens of Hampton Court Palace.
Doors open 6.30pm, film starts at 8pm.
To book your tickets visit Lunar Cinema at Hampton Court.
Then let Heather Smith know you're going. ( details pdf document)


Saturday 9 July 2016 - Seaside Special!
Fabulous day trip to Worthing in 53 seater coach.
The cost will be £10 for the coach fare (£5 for children).
plus an optional £10 pp tea at the Chatsworth Hotel.
Advance booking essential (please book early).
Led by Pam Chapman ( details pdf document)

Friday 17 June 2016 - The Sculpture Park
Minibus outing to Churt's beautiful woodland.
The cost will be £9.00 for the minibus,
Sculpture Park admission (£5.00 Seniors, £10.00 Adults)
plus money for lunch/refreshments.
Advance booking essential.
Led by Geoff & Jane Hawkins. ( details pdf document)

Saturday 14 May 2016 - Exotic Music Experience
Join this rewarding and social activity, sitting among a beautiful Javanese percussion orchestra comprising drums, gongs and xylophones, in a private 2 hour group workshop in The Gamelan Room at The Royal Festival Hall, London
The cost will be £15 plus train to Waterloo and tea (optional).
Minimum of 13 people required.
Led by Steph Wilkinson ( details pdf document)

Friday 15 April 2016 - Outing to Little Venice
This all day outing to Little Venice
includes a boat ride to Camden Lock Market via Paddington Basin.
The cost includes train and canal boat fares (see download for details)
plus the cost of any food and drink.
15 places available.
Led by Janet Dilley ( details pdf document)

- Easter Monday (28 March 2016) - Riverside and Park Ramble
This is a 6 mile circular walk from Teddington Lock enjoying the towpath, Terrace Gardens, Richmond Park, Pembroke Lodge and Ham Common. Certificates for children taking part!
Led by Janet Dilley ( details pdf document)

Report on the walk by Poppy Wilson

Saturday 6 February 2016 - Cinema Afternoon - Dad's Army (PG)
We meet to watch the film at The Studio Cinema (Screen 7), 6 Red Lion Street, Richmond (the smaller cinema around the corner from the main Odeon)

Monday 25 January 2016 - Outing to a Victorian Gem in Kensington
This is a private tour of a Victorian gem (18 Stafford Terrace) plus lunch and a visit to a food market plus a visit to exotic roof garden (if open) - all in Kensington.
Led by Elizabeth Hicks ( details pdf document)


Thursday 24 September 2015 - Outing to Little Venice
This is an all day outing to Little Venice includes a boat ride to Camden Lock Market via Paddington Basin.
15 places available.
Led by Janet Dilley ( details pdf document)

Thursday 22 October 2015 - Stanley Spencer Gallery Minibus Outing
Discover the creative genius of one of the greatest British artists of the 20th century in an astonishing exhibition in the Berkshire riverside village of Cookham, which Spencer described as 'The Village in Heaven'.
Led by Trevor King. ( details pdf document)
Invite your friends and families too.

Saturday 28 November 2015 - Flower Arranging Workshop
Do you struggle to make your flowers look amazing when you display them at home? Come and learn the tricks that will really help you create beautiful and satisfying arrangements.
Cost £4 per person. 15 places available.
Led by Geoff & Jane Hawkins ( details pdf document)


Thursday 19 March 2015 - Minibus Outing to Watts Gallery & Chapel
Explore paintings, sculpture, Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau in the Surrey Hills.
Led by Janet Dilley ( details pdf document)

Saturday 11 April 2015 - Family Walk & Picnic
Enjoy a leisurely Walk in the Park beside the Thames with ferry & picnic.
Led by Ed Wilson ( details pdf document)

Wednesday 6 May 2015 - Outing to Kensington
Walk through Gothic cloisters, gorgeous gardens & visit Leighton House Museum.
Led by Elizabeth Hicks ( details pdf document)

Saturday 13 June 2015 - Pedibus London Tour
Explore London aboard our own group cycling vehicle while chatting & snacking.
Led by Heather Smith ( details pdf document)

Saturday 27 June 2015 - Flower Arranging Workshop
Learn the tricks and come and create your own stunning floral arrangement.
Led by Geoff & Jane Hawkins ( details pdf document)

Saturday 18 July 2015 - Who do You Think You Are?
Learn how to research your ancestors on this interactive genealogical workshop.
Led by Colin Hicks ( details pdf document)

Saturday 4 August 2015 - Shere Delights
Join us for a 5-mile circular walk in the beautiful Surrey hills,
beginning and ending in Shere with a mid-way stop for a pub lunch.
Led by Gill Wetherall ( details pdf document)

"It's a Social" is co-ordinated by Stephanie Wilkinson & Janet Dilley. 020 8977 4082 m 07876 015238 020 8977 3534, m 07944 969028
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