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Local update: Friday 1 May 2020

Dear <<First Name>>,

It was great to hand over all of your kind donations to the League of Friends of Teddington Hospital on Wednesday evening. Thank you all for your generosity. We’re getting there, together. Keep it up!

More messages from members:

Phil writes: “Love This Is The Kit (featured in the Royal Albert Home message, yesterday). If you don’t know her, listen to Bulletproof on YouTube”.

William: Nice one, Phil. Absolutely lovely. Here it is:

watch here:

Don’t forget to go to Royal Albert Home for This is the Kit’s home performance on Tuesday 5 May (see bottom of message).

Janet writes: “I have been writing a blog for nearly 14 years...and often post online tutorials – which are free of course. Find out more at:
My Life as an Artist

On 15 April I began a one week VIRTUAL WORKSHOP in Portugal and more recently a tutorial for beginners. For anyone who would like to explore their creativity. Best wishes – keep safe.”

William: Thanks, Janet. I hope you pick up lots more creative followers.

Historic England
#Picturing Lockdown

We’re facing one of the most extraordinary moments in living memory. We are living through history.

Historic England wants to record our collective experience in these extraordinary times, spark a conversation about identity and its connection to history and place, and help people navigate their way through with reflection, expression and creativity.

For one week, starting Wednesday 29 April, we are asking artists and members of the public to submit photos to express their feelings and record their experience of one week in lock down. From rainbows in windows to star jumps on balconies, show us what lockdown means to you.

Read more

My Favourite Artwork

While many of us are working from home, we asked colleagues from across our galleries – what’s your favourite artwork and why? 

Here’s a few answers we think you’ll love!

Bandele Ajetunmobi, Couple Kissing, Whitechapel, London, c.1960s

Chosen by Rudi Minto de Wijs, Tate Modern Marketing Officer

Read more of the selections here

Royal School
of Needlework

The International Centre of Excellence for the Art of Hand Embroidery
since 1872

Introduction to Embroidery: ‘Bright Rainbow’

Please note that this is an online class, taken from home.

The rainbow is a wonderful symbol of hope in the United Kingdom, especially during these challenging times. This online Introduction to Embroidery class is suitable for anyone, even if you have never picked up a needle before.

Based at the magnificent Hampton Court Palace we offer a thriving education programme for every level. We teach at venues across the UK in Hampton Court Palace (London), Bristol, Bath, Birmingham, Durham, Lancaster, Portsmouth and Glasgow as well as internationally in Dublin, America and Japan.

Our renowned Embroidery Studio expertly restores and conserves valuable and historical embroidered pieces and creates stunning bespoke embroidery for fashion, art and royalty.

Find out more here

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

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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