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Events 2018

Cocktail Party

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, Friends Cocktail Party, The Roland Goslett Gallery, 139 Kew Road, Richmond. TW9 2PN

Gemma Roundell, a member of the Friends Executive Committee organised this exclusive event that was attended by 60 guests on the night, including many new potential St Anne’s friends that we are delighted about.  Roland Goslett of the “Roland Goslett Gallery” in Kew very kindly donated his venue to The Friends.  Andrew Ferguson, the local renowned woodcut artist, exhibited a large collection of his works of Kew and Richmond, including for the first time his recently-executed print of St. Anne’s Church.  We were honoured that Andrew was able to accept this commission for our very special evening.  Both the original and first print sold on the night as well as many more prints.

We ran a very successful raffle that featured some exclusive Jenny Packham jewellery (pictured below and a designer worn by the Duchess of Cambridge) that helped us raise over £2,300 on the night. Also a great contributor to this large amount of money raised was the generous offering from Roland of 10% of all sales on the night that went to the Friends fund. Thank you Roland.

There was a fun quiz on the night won by Jill Saxton, well done!

There are gift cards of Andrew Ferguson’s print of St Anne’s now available to buy in church.  If you would like to purchase one of the prints of  St Anne’s by Andrew Ferguson please contact the Roland Goslett Gallery (0208 940 4009).

Jenny Packham Jewellery and Andrew Ferguson’s Woodcut of St Anne’s

Artificial Intelligence

Saturday 24 November 2018 at 11:00 (Coffee from 10:30)

St Anne’s Church, Kew Green

With many of us not really understanding just what is and how it will affect our lives in the future we were all really interested to hear more about it!

Our speaker, Emma de Angelis, started by giving us a fascinating peek into this very topical subject opening her talk with a video clip of the 1968 Movie Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: Space Odyssey’ to the android David in Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ or the ones in ‘Westworld’. This really got us into ‘zone’ so to speak as did many other video clips and throughout her talk Emma gave us many other fascinating insights into areas where AI is being developed. Her research at The Royal United Services Institute is extensive and her passion was evident.

We all concluded at the end that having a reading list of the books that Emma mentioned, and some key points of her talk would help tremendously.

We will post those online as soon as received.

After the Talk everyone then enjoyed the light lunch of M&S sandwiches and fruit with a glass of wine or soft drink

Charity Bridge Drive

Charity Bridge Drive
Wednesday 28 November 2018 2.30pm for 3.00pm ‘til 8.00pm in the Parish Room, St Anne’s Church Kew.

Tina Ruygrok, a member of The Friends Executive Committee organised this very successful event which attracted 36 very passionate, enthusiastic Bridge players from around Kew and Richmond.  Playing on 9 Bridge Tables kindly lent from The Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club and bidding boxes also very kindly lent, they played 20 hands of Chicago Bridge overseen by local Bridge expert and teacher Arnold Tunbridge.

After three and half hours of bridge, Arnold calculated the scores and our President Fr Nigel Worn presented the First Prize of an engraved Cup and two Bottles of Wine to the winning couple, along with other second and last prizes. Fr Nigel then drew the Raffle winning tickets presenting the First Prize of a Kew Grill Dining Voucher worth £80, a Magnum of Veuve Clicquot, a Magnum of Provencal Rose.

Concluding this section before breaking for Supper, our Chairman of The Friends, Lorraine Neale thanked firstly Arnold Tunbridge presenting him with a bottle and a Bridge motif Tie, and secondly Tina Ruygrok with a bouquet for her meticulous and exemplary organisation of the event.

Everyone then took their places at the dining tables to be served a delicious supper of Beef Casserole, cooked by Peter Ruygrok and a Veggie Moussaka cooked by Barbara Cook. This was followed by a Guinness dessert served with ice cream cooked by Judy Perkins.  Red and White Wine along with Elderflower Cordial and Badoit accompanied this very popular supper.

All participants expressed their enjoyment of the afternoon and indicating a desire to make this an Annual event in The Friends diary of events!

Lowest Score Award Winners
Prize Winners
Tina Ruygrok with Thank you Bouquet
Supper Tables
Fr Nigel Worn presenting Cup to Winners
The Trophy

Bridge in Play

Bridge Drive Underway
Arnold Tunbridge with Thank You Gifts
Arnold Tunbridge & Tina Ruygrok

Summer Art Competition

For all young budding artists at St Anne’s Church

The Friends have launched a competition for a new design for the St Anne’s annual charity Christmas cards to be sold in church in the run up to Christmas 2018.  We are looking for images of St Anne’s church in a suitably seasonal setting, several designs will be chosen for the packs.

Submit your entry in A4 size with your name, age and contact details to or leave in designated box in the Church Office.   Deadline – Sunday 19 August 2018.

 This competition is open to all children up to the age of 16.

All funds raised from the sale of the cards will be used towards the repair of the church wall.

Impressionists in London: French Artists in Exile 1870-1904

Saturday 14 April at 11:00

St Anne’s Church, Kew Green

Tate Britain curator, Caroline Corbeau-Parsons, gave an exclusive talk on her exhibition of works by French artists who sought refuge in 1870s London, when France was ravaged by the Franco-Prussian war and Paris Commune.  These artists, although outsiders, transformed the way in which London was represented.  Caroline Corbeau-Parsons undertook research for the National Maritime Museum, mostly on 19th-century portraiture, and worked at Watts Gallery before becoming Senior Editor of the Philip de László catalogue raisonné.  In 2010 she was co-curator of the exhibition Philip de László: Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, and co-authored his biography (Yale University Press).  She joined Tate in 2012, working on acquisitions, displays and exhibitions including Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde, Sculpture Victorious, and Artist and Empire.

We are grateful to David Bellingham of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art who very generously sponsored this event.

From Jerusalem to Clerkenwell

Saturday 24 February 2018 at 11:00

St Anne’s Church, Kew Green

Sir David Durie, KCMG, Knight of St. John Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Gibraltar 2000-2003 gave a fascinating talk on the story of the Hospitaller Knights of St. John.  The talk was given to a capacity audience and an enjoyable lunch followed.

Importance of the Kew Collections: Kill or Cure

Saturday 12 May 2018 at 10:30, St Anne’s, Kew Green

Our Chairman, Lady Neale

Lady Neale with our guest speaker, Professor Monique Simmonds

A sell out event! Professor Monique S.J. Simmonds, the distinguished Deputy Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, gave us a hugely thought-provoking overview of the unique and diverse collections at Gardens.  It was intriguing to see how the research (all carried out on our door step) has reached far and wide to further the world’s knowledge about the medicinal uses of plants to treat diseases such as Aids, Cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Malaria.  Not to mention how some of the research has helped identify adulterated material entering the trade and has also helped in solving crime. Fascinating.

Thank you to all those who attended, we raised over £1,000!

Friends Committee Member, Ben Jones

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