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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.

Piano Recital – Viv McLean

Saturday 16 March 2019 at 19:30

St Anne’s Church, Kew Green

A programme of well-known piano music by Chopin and Gershwin played by Viv McLean


Beethoven Sonata in C Sharp Minor Op. 27 No. 2 “Moonlight”

Chopin        Nocturne in G Minor Op. 37 No. 1

Nocturne in E Flat Op. 9 No. 2

Scherzo No. 2 in B Flat Minor Op. 31

INTERVAL    Drinks & Nibbles served in the Parish Hall   (Donations gratefully received)

Chopin        Nocturne in E Minor Op. 72 No. 1

Nocturne in C Sharp Minor Op. Post.

Polonaise in A Flat Op. 53

Gershwin   The Man I Love

Rhapsody in Blue

About Viv McLean

Viv McLean won First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and has performed in all the major venues in the UK, as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. He has performed concertos with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra of the Swan and the Northern Chamber Orchestra under the baton of such conductors as Daniel Harding, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Warren-Green, Owain Arwell Hughes, Carl Davis and Marvin Hamlisch.

Viv plays regularly with the Adderbury Ensemble and has also collaborated with groups such as the Leopold String Trio, Ensemble 360, the Ysaye Quartet, the Sacconi String Quartet and members of the Allegri and Tippett Quartets. Viv has appeared at festivals including the International Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Festival des Saintes in France, Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden in Norway and the Cheltenham International Festival in the UK. He has recorded for labels such as Sony Classical Japan, Naxos, Nimbus, RPO Records and future releases include a Gershwin cd for ICSM Records. Viv has also recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 as well as for radio in Germany, France, Australia, Norway and Poland.

“ Viv McLean revealed extraordinary originality, superb simplicity, and muscles of steel hidden by fingers of velvet. He plays with the genius one finds in those who know how to forget themselves, naturally placing themselves at the right point to meet the music, this mystery of the moment.” Le Monde (Paris).

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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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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.

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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.

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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.