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Report, Photographs & Follow up on the event with Jack Russell on Saturday 12thSeptember 2020 

Warm, sunny weather encouraged a very good crowd of people on Saturday all eager to chat and watch Jack Russell start creating his remarkable oil painting of St Anne’s Church & the Cricket Pavilion. Jack will finish the oil painting around the beginning of October and will then get the Giclee prints produced towards the end of October. Once we receive it, we will post a copy of the print onto our website and circulate to members with more details about viewing the print in person. Please register your interest in buying a print or for any other query contact Shane Macdermott  (or the Friends Membership Secretary at

See photographs of the afternoon below

Peter Berg Chairman Kew Cricket & Martyn Rya
Peter Berg Chairman Kew Cricket & Martyn Ryan Benefactor of Jack Russell Painting
St Anne's Church KEW CRICKET
St Anne’s Church KEW CRICKET
Fr Nigel Worn. Vicar St Anne's Church Kew
Fr Nigel Worn Vicar of St Anne’s Church Kew & President of The Friends of St Anne’s, who will be included in the painting by Jack Russell



Report on The Friends of St Anne’s first Virtual Lecture on Zoom Webinar – 10th September 2020.

‘RAPHAEL – A MASTER IN THE MAKING’ by Siân Walters MA (Cantab)

After over 9 months in planning of this lecture which was to have been in person with Siân, The Friends Executive Committee, with the difficulties  of Covid 19 and not being able to hold our fundraising events in person, took the decision to start presenting  our first ever virtual Lectures. Knowing Siân was an experienced renowned  Art History Lecturer lecturing at the National Gallery, the Wallace Collection, among others and with her own Tour and Event company ‘ART HISTORY IN FOCUS’   which arranges regular courses, study days and visits in the UK as well as cultural holidays throughout Europe, we felt confident that our venture into this unknown world would be a success and particularly as she had excellent experience in virtual lecturing. 

As Siân says  she is a firm believer in ‘making art history fun’  and what great fun we experienced with her beautiful voice that led us through such evocative and beautiful parts of Italy putting the life of the young Raphael into perspective initially as he honed his craft working with many established masters of the time. As Raphael moved between these great masters he was taught to paint in their style in order that as a  student he  could complete and finish the many commissions that the master had in work at any one time. Then in later years as he became a master in his own right, Siân used his paintings to compare the similarities of styles with some of his great teachers with an amazing ability and skill in relaying the information in such a professional and relaxed manner.

We were very pleased with how this first virtual lecture went which bodes well for our next one on 14th October at 7pm (Britain as Workshop of the World– See flyer linked here) and with the feedback that we received illustrates below it would seem that we should proceed with arranging more for later in November, December and probably into Spring 2021. We do hope you will join us and spread the word to your friends and family who are all  welcome to join in too.

Selection of feedback received: 

  • Being a big fan of Siân I settled down last night  / Siân is so good to listen to with her relaxed seemingly unscripted delivery’
  • ‘It was indeed excellent and given by someone who has such a talent to help us really follow Raphael’s inspirational artists. Many thanks to her and you Lorraine for arranging this lecture’.
  • ‘The talk was absolutely super . Fascinating ! An insight I would never have gained without explicit direction . I am Usually someone with the Headphones and the Guide .
    I was concerned that I might not manage the signing in , but it worked like clockwork and I just missed the start .(30 secs). The delivery was clear and the pictures were easy to follow with her discussion. What a memory she must have. Much appreciated and enjoyed .Thank you for the opportunity to see this’.
  • ‘I thought the talk was great!  Very well thought out and lots of good visuals.  I had no problems at all – easy to join via Zoom, good audio and video quality.  It certainly set an excellent precedent for online talks.  I hope it raised lots of money’
  • ‘Enormous thanks to the Friends Committee for organising that wonderful lecture on Leonardo on Thursday. Chores meant I didn’t see every minute sadly, but loved all I saw and thought the lecturer top-notch. How I would love to go on an art study holiday with her! How ingenious of you all to organise it so expertly. Now look forward to the next ….days are full  making that hour a marvellous spell of complete absorption end enlightenment. Best wishes to all the Committee, specially Lorraine whose Italian jaunt set it all off’’

MUSIC played in 15-minute holding period before start of lecture:

I’m sure you will agree that the  beautiful 15-minute holding music as you signed in was spell binding. It  was composed by ‘Gareth Walters’ Siân’s Father, a very renowned Composer working for the BBC  among other organisations – music was ‘Divertimento for Strings, ///: Lento Cantabile’ by Gareth Walters 

Iconic London Pubs

Tuesday 10th March 2020

A tour of the historic pubs of the City of London led by Paul Davies.

Tickets £30 available online, limited to 16 participants.

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Philharmonia Chamber Players

Thursday 6 February 2020

An exclusive candlelit recital in one of Kew Green’s historic houses, admission by ticket only.

Iconic Biba – The Inside Story – Lorraine Neale

Iconic Biba – Report

Is it timeless and ageless? The inside story from Lorraine Neale (Chairman of The Friends of St Anne’s Church) who was privileged to have worked with Barbara Hulanicki, the founder, during this innovative time and continues to work with her today as her Managing Agent. Lorraine will brought along a few of her Biba Clothes that she wore in the 1970’s

Here are some photos from the event:


Adam’s Journey and his Seven Gold-Medal Winning Chelsea Gardens

Saturday 25th January 2020

A talk given by Adam Frost, the landscape designer, RHS Ambassador & BBC Television Presenter.

As our promotional flyer read ‘Adam draws on memories, special places and people who have been influential to the way he designs. Adam cares that his garden designs are about creating personal spaces that people can feel comfortable in, places that actually feel ‘real’, as well as being beautiful’.

This could not have been more accurate in his engaging Talk about his ‘Life in Gardening’. He is an amazing communicator and not afraid to show honesty, emotion and passion! 

This was a sell-out event – we had to close off online sales as we would not have had enough room in our Parish Hall!

Adam brought along two of his latest books and which many people bought!

  • ‘REAL GARDENS – ADAM FROST’ -Seven amazing Chelsea Gold Medal – Winning designs’
  • ‘HOW TO CREATE YOUR GARDEN’ Ideas and advice for transforming your outdoor space’

Adam Frost with Lorraine Neale, Chairman of the Friends of St Anne’s Church, Kew.

The Killing in the Consulate

Saturday 7th December 2019, St Anne’s Church, Kew

A talk given by Jonathan Rugman, the award-winning Channel 4 News foreign affairs correspondent, investigating the life and death of Jamal Khashoggi

‘When Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi Consulate in Turkey on 2nd October 2018, he was expecting to pick up the documentation that would enable him to marry his fiancé, Hatice Cengiz. Little did he realise he was walking into a trap.’ Based on confidential sources dramatic new evidence and in-depth research, the BAFTA award-winning foreign correspondent, Jonathan Rugman, revealed what happened that day in extracts from his recently published book.

Jonathan really brought this episode in the Middle East to life for all of us listening that day but avoided any of the upsetting or distressing details. A very charismatic speaker leading us into the wider worldwide political connections which held us all spellbound.

This was another sell out event in association with the Kew Bookshop. Copies of Jonathan’s book were available for sale which Jonathan generously signed  adding  a personal dedication.

Jonathan delivering his talk

Christmas Traditions

A celebration of festive lore

Saturday 16 November 2019 at 11.00am (coffee served from 10.30am) at St Anne’s Church, Kew

“There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas” – Charles Dickens

Talk & book signing by George Goodwin, MA  FRHistS  FRSA. The traditions of Christmas seem to have a timeless quality when we first experience them as children, but, as George Goodwin shows, though many are very ancient, others are surprisingly modern.  In his highly-illustrated and witty presentation, George takes in the origins of the carol service, the role of St Francis of Assisi, the puritan fear of the mince pie and much more.

Tickets £20 available online to include coffee, a light lunch and a glass of wine.

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