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Thank you for supporting
our appeal

Local update: Friday 24 April 2020

Dear <<First Name>>,

Thanks to everyone who has so far pledged support for our appeal for laundry products for our local hospital staff. There have been so many financial donations to appeals but the concern I am hearing is “when and how will our health service staff benefit?”

I suggested yesterday how we can support or local hospital staff right now. Some of our hospital staff are having to wash their own uniforms and scrubs that are usually done by an external laundry.

By just donating a bottle of washing liquid you will be helping to take away a further strain on their incomes. I am starting to accrue a pile of products and I’d love to drop them off with the League of Friends of Teddington Memorial Hospital as soon as possible. 
If you would like to donate a bottle of suds, please let me know by email at as soon as you can and I will arrange to have it collected from your house either by myself or a colleague – or you can drop it off with me at my house.

If you’d like to help but do not want to go to the shops, please make a donation to the League of Friends of Teddington Memorial Hospital through their website here, or make a cheque out to me, William Redfern, and I will buy some products on your behalf. Just send me an email to tell me how much you would like to pledge.

Thank you.

Hampton & Richmond Borough FC supporting Hampton Food Bank


If you’ve been out and about doing your daily exercise around Hampton and beyond, this vehicle should be a familiar sight.

Two years ago Hampton and Richmond borough FC began collecting money and supplies on match days in order to contribute to The Trussell Trust’s Hampton Food Bank. The response from the fan base was nothing short of remarkable... until activities were restricted by this wretched virus. Offers of donations continued, but now they needed collecting.

Initially the Club redirected its efforts into helping the older and less able supporters within the fan base, known to be in need of help. After taking advice, it as now begun to work in conjunction with The Greenwood Centre to provide support to a wider clientele in the local area.

Recently the incoming stock has been boosted by collections arranged by the Jolly Coopers, along with generous contributions of their own.

Melissa and Tracey, both key members of HRBFC Supporters’ Trust (The Beavers Trust) are out and about on a daily basis making collections and deliveries to help out those struggling with isolation. So give them a wave if you see the van flying past (at precisely 20mph). You can’t really miss it !

If you wish to donate you can do so via the boxes outside the Jolly Coopers, or to arrange a safe doorstop collection contact us using the details below👇

Tracey 07812 698094 
Melissa 07734 448569


When We Paused…

Picture from Teddington, England

In 2020 we paused…individually, collectively and globally.

When We Paused is a collaborative online exhibition by Collective Arts, exploring where we find solace and meaning as we negotiate this unprecedented moment in history during the global coronavirus pandemic of 2020.

We welcome your photographs, artwork and writing as part of this collective visual time capsule.

You can Upload Your work as a photograph and share a few words explaining your ‘why’ on the Online Exhibition.

This exhibition is inclusive. As it explores meaning, is it about not about ‘great art’ or ‘perfect images’ and there is no single way of responding.

See About When we Paused for extra guidance.

Lots more rainbows

email update appeal

One of the reasons we change our email address if our provider changes. We have several members who used to have Tiscali email addresses that no longer exist. If you are aware of a friend who used to have a Tiscali address, can you ask them to contact me with their new address at and I will update their records. Thank you.

Unusual uses for everyday objects

By Jacob Gardener

6. Wooden Hangers

There are two ways to manage your wardrobe: by throwing all your clothes in a big pile on a chair, which is not ideal, or by hanging them up in the closet. We probably don’t think too much about the kind of hangers we use, though. That’d be a mistake — it turns out there’s a secret behind the wooden hangers you can find.

You might already have some laying around your closet, waiting to be used. Wooden hangers repel moths, so for added protection give it a go for keeping your wardrobe safe.

Please forward these updates
to friends and family

...if you think they would benefit from the information contained. If they are not members and live locally, please ask them to consider joining and supporting The Hampton Society by completing an application form.

Download an application form here

Have a lovely weekend and thanks again for your support.

Kind regards,

William Redfern
Chair, The Hampton Society
#StaySafeAtHome #StayHomeSaveLives

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Helping hands

If you need help getting things from the shops or a prescription needs collecting then help is at hand from St. Mary’s Church in Hampton via this form:
Click here for help from St Mary’s

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs:
what you can and can’t do

Read more about what you can and cannot do

If you need assistance during the coronavirus outbreak contact Richmond Council Community Hub

A Community Hub has been established that is working to help coordinate the support offered by the Council working in partnership with Richmond’s many voluntary organisations. 

If you or someone you know needs this support and they don’t have existing family, friends or other support that can step in, then please contact 020 8871 6555 or email here.

Video Call Guide PDF download available now to share with your friends and family

Download here

Trouble getting connected
with your iPad or iPhone?

from Bold New World
Click on the image to view
We want to empower people, who’ve lived happily for years without technology, to learn how to use their iPads and iPhones properly. If you don’t have an iPad, this film will give you an idea of what you can achieve with one.

We all have friends and family who’ve temporarily had to self-isolate, so we’ve created a short self-help video for the Silver Surfers. GET CONNECTED is for anyone with an iPhone/iPad who’d like to understand how to access a wide variety of entertainment/communication options. The short 40 minute video, hosted by TV’s Mark Pougatch and tech expert Lauren Brener, and featuring Claire Balding, Tony Adams and Alistair Petrie, has been broken into 5 chapters:
  1. Communication
  2. Entertainment
  3. Shopping
  4. Staying Safe
  5. General Information & Set-Up

Everybody, please don’t forget:

  • Stay at home
  • Do not get infected, do not infect others
  • Only buy what you need

Please help the health service and key workers by staying apart.

Do not get infected, do not infect others

This is best explained in this video that clearly shows the difference between a ‘fast’ pandemic and a ‘slow’ pandemic. It really helps to clarify why these social distancing and isolation recommendations are in place. 

We can get through this but we must take the threat to the health service and key workers seriously.
Please note, the film intentionally starts half way through (see below)
If you wind back to the very beginning of the video you will see how the Coronavirus works. I must warn you that this part is uncomfortable viewing but if we all respect the advice we are given, we, and our loved ones, may never have to experience it and normal life can be resumed as quickly as possible.

Corona Virus information

Key information about Corona Virus (COVID-19) is on the Richmond Council website and the regular hand washing advice with soap is still very much the initial key message.

The second is to stay indoors and self isolate if you get a regular cough or temperature. If you have family members at home then the entire household is to self isolate for fourteen days.
  • Do not go to a hospital or GP.
  • Most GPs are closed to patients for face to face appointments anyway.
  • Some are operating telephone appointments.
If you think you might have Corona Virus then call 111. 

For online health advice, click here:
NHS 111 Online Help
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William Redfern
020 8286 7071
Iacopo Sassi
07761 670911 
Rosemary Hill
020 8973 3604 
Brian Brignall
020 8979 9499
Linda Brignall
020 8979 9499
Maura Waters
020 8979 9654 
Alice Fordham
020 8979 3543 
Sylvia Bridge Le Cluse
020 8941 4450
Lesley Cesenek
07540 342813


Quiz Night 2020

To be rescheduled later in the year.

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Annual General Meeting 2020

To be rescheduled later in the year.

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Updates of forthcoming events will be updated soon.

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