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Events 2017

Cello Recital by Candlelight – Jonathan Rees

Thursday 23 November 2017 at 19:30

71 Kew Green, Richmond TW9 3AH

Esteemed musician, Jonathan Rees, played Bach’s C minor and D major suites on four-string and five-string cellos.  This event was generously hosted by Linda Pethick at her home on Kew Green with all proceeds going to The Friends of St Anne’s Church, Kew.

The Conservation & Restoration of St Anne’s Church 

Saturday 18 November 2017 at 10:30

St Anne’s Church, Kew Green

Julia Korner, the renowned fine art specialist and conservator, will explained the cleaning and re-gilding of the dome down to the altar, the hatchments, the church furniture and the cross on the dome undertaken in 2014.

Benjamin Franklin in London

George Goodwin, the celebrated international author of “Benjamin Franklin: The British Life of the American Founding Father” will give an insightful talk and book signing.  This event is being held in association with The Kew Bookshop.

Tickets are available online:


Dinner & Jazz Night

A fund raising event provided by The Original Maids of Honour in aid of The Friends.  The evening will include a three course dinner, raffle and live entertainment provided by the Paul Williams Jazz Trio.  This exclusive event is limited to 50 guests, book your ticket online as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

This event is limited to a maximum of 50 participants and four tickets per purchase.  Please order online here:

Number of tickets remaining – 4

The evening will include an auction of personal gifts generously donated by supporters of The Friends.  We are accepting sealed bids for these items, please contact us if you would like to submit a bid.

In addition, we will be holding a raffle on the evening with an exciting range of smaller value items.  Raffle tickets can be bought in advance.

It is not necessary to attend the dinner to buy a raffle ticket or submit an auction bid.

Tour of the Fuller’s Griffin Brewery – Paul Davies

Paul Davies, beer sommelier and part of the quality team at Fullers gave a brilliant guided tour of the Griffin Brewery on 19 August 2017. Paul gave a fascinating glimpse into British beer-making history from within London’s oldest brewery.

Fullers Beer Tasting & Raffle – Paul Davies

Friday 12 May 2017 at St Anne’s Church

Paul Davies, trained beer sommelier and member of the quality team at Fuller’s gave a very comprehensive talk combined with an ample selection of the products described to allow the participants to appreciate their unique characteristics.

The capacity audience was captivated by Paul’s insightful explanations and his authoritative answers to the questions raised.  The product samples were enjoyed by all judging by the surprisingly small number of unopened bottles remaining at the end of the evening.

My Secret Work in World War II – Pat Davies

Pat Davies spoke to us about her time working for WRNS in the Second World War on Saturday 25 February.  She worked at coastal radio stations intercepting German naval messages, including Enigma coded messages.  The talk was followed by a light lunch.

Botticelli’s Venus & Mars – Dr David Bellingham

Botticelli’s Venus and Mars in the National Gallery: Some New Discoveries and New Readings
Saturday 1 April at 11:00 (10:30 for tea/coffee) at St Anne’s Church, Kew Green TW9 3AA

Botticelli’s Venus & Mars (c.1480) is one of the most iconic pictures in the National Gallery, and a highly enigmatic example of his approach to mythology.  Dr David Bellingham went behind this highly sensual painting’s celebrity and familiarity, taking an in-depth look at what its curious format and style, to explain what it tells us about its original purpose and location.  See the biography for more information about Dr Bellingham and and a list of his recent published papers.

The event was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Helen Kraus, one-time fellow parishioner at St Anne’s, who assisted David’s research into this enigmatic painting with her in-depth knowledge of the Book of Genesis.

‘My Secret Work in World War II’

Saturday 25 February 2017 at 10:30 with lunch

A lunchtime talk by Pat Davies who worked for the WRNS during the Second World War intercepting German naval messages . Tickets are £15 which includes a light lunch.

Enigma Poster v9b

Friends can apply for a discount code which reduces the ticket price to £10.  Please request your discount code here or by emailing before proceeding to the online checkout.



The Iconic Biba Event held on  Saturday 14 January 2017, presented by The Friends of St Anne’s Kew, attracted over 60 people who enjoyed being taken down ‘The Biba Memory Lane’ by Lorraine Neale. Lorraine, who was privileged to have worked with Barbara Hulanicki OBE  in the innovative times and continues to work with her today,  gave the audience an insight into working with Barbara with personal memories and anecdotes.  In the Presentation the Audience were shown live video clips of Barbara and Biba both in the early days and currently as well as a very personal message from Barbara speaking directly to  the audience whom she thanked for shopping at Biba and referred to them as ‘The Biba Girls’!   Lorraine also created  an exhibition of original Biba clothes, books and memorabilia. Following the presentation the audience were then  able to socialise and discuss their memories  of Biba days over a sandwich and glass of wine. 

Proving to be very popular, It is likely that this presentation will be repeated to other groups in the Kew area – watch out for news on that in the future! ‘ The Friends of St Anne’s Kew. 

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