Our next talk is at Duke Street Church Richmond, on the local history of cricket
Monday 14 March 2016
Murray Hedgcock on BAT AND BALL IN RICHMOND: a history of local cricket
Richmond has a proud cricketing history which, perhaps not surprisingly, can be traced back to matches on Richmond Green. Some famous, and in one or two cases notorious, names have played, lived or been buried here, although it is curious that very few notable players were actually born in Richmond. And there has never been a first-class match played at Richmond: that honour belongs to neighbouring Barnes.
The town does have a special place in the literature of the game, as perhaps the most famous early poem about it was penned by the manager of Richmond Theatre in the 18th century. Kew and Ham also have their place in the records of Surrey cricket – before local government reorganisation in 1965 converted the borough into a Middlesex dormitory suburb, and cricket nursery. Today we regularly see Middlesex play 20/20 matches at Old Deer Park.
Journalist Murray Hedgcock left his native Australia for England in Coronation Year primarily to watch Lindsay Hassett’s tourists fight (unsuccessfully) for the Ashes. Two years in London consolidated his love of cricket, and after time back in Australia, he was posted to the London Bureau of the country’s biggest newspaper group in 1966, settling here on early retirement in 1991. An MCC member, he played with Sheen Park CC. He edited a study, Wodehouse at the Wicket, on the great English humourist’s love of cricket – and barracks always for the country of his birth.
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Conference programme published
The programme for the 2016 West London Local History Conference, with the theme Children in West London History, has now been published. The conference will be held on Saturday 19 March at the University of West London. See the programme
Norman Radley 1921-2015
Norman Radley, Vice-President and former Chairman of the Society, died on 16 September, aged 94. His funeral, a celebration of his life, was held on 9 October and his family would like to thank all of the Society’s members who came to it. Read more about Norman Radley and his contribution to our work.
The two Chairmen
This video is rather special as it includes two of our former Chairmen, David Blomfield and the late Norman Radley. As far as we know it was never broadcast. Did you take part in the “Richmond Protest” and do you recall which year it was?
Commemorating the “Belgian Village on the Thames”
Twickenham and Richmond were home to one of the largest Belgian refugee communities in the First World War. Its impact was so intense that it changed the face of our towns so much that on the continent we were known as the “Belgian Village on the Thames”.
The East Twickenham Centennial Group are hoping to commemorate this important piece of the Borough’s history in 2107. The plan is for a memorial which it is hoped will be unveiled by the Belgian Ambassador, backed up with a community pageant.
The East Twickenham Centennial Group are currently seeking funds for the memorial, which can’t be funded by public bodies.
Bringing Richmond’s experience of World War II to life
We’ve had lots of very positive comments about our event on Monday 12 October with the Kew-based amateur theatre group Q2 Players, who did a wonderful job in bringing Simon Fowler’s book Richmond at War 1939-1945 to life. We’re very pleased that Q2 Players seem to have enjoyed the experience too and we hope to find an other opportunity to work with them in the future. The evening was particularly challenging for Duke Street Church’s audio-visual expert Conrad Venn, who coped brilliantly with the additional demands we made on him. Alice Weleminsky-Smith, who also helped with the projection, took this photograph. See the cast list.
Richmond and the Second World War: a new book and an exhibition
To mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, The Museum of Richmond has collaborated with the Richmond Local History Society to mount an exhibition on Richmond’s experience of the Second World War. The exhibition runs from 15 September 2015 until the end of February 2016.
It is accompanied by our new publication, Richmond at War 1939-1945, by Simon Fowler, which tells the story of life in the town during the Second World War. Find out more and buy a copy from our online bookshop