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Van Gogh and Britain

Saturday 11 May 2019

Dr David Bellingham of Sotheby’s Institute of Art gave a fascinating and informative talk on the life and work of the famous artist with a particular focus on his time in London.

Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory

Saturday 6 April at 11:00 – Sold Out

A talk by Tate curator, Matthew Gale

To be followed by a light lunch (included in ticket price).  Coffee served from 10:30

Advance tickets for this event are now sold out – there is limited standing room if you wish to pay on the door.

Tickets for this event are £20 and may be purchased online:

Tickets are sold out.

Note that the discount code is for the personal use of eligible Friends only and cannot be used to obtain further discounts when purchasing more than one ticket.

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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

Children’s Book Illustration

The Golden Age of Children’s Book Illustration

Saturday 16 February 2019

St Anne’s Church, Kew Green

Susan gave us all a wonderful talk on Saturday 16 February. Her presentation skills and creative slides were superb and so displayed the fabulous passion Susan has for the subject. Taking us all back to how all these wonderful books started with these imaginative and inspirational authors was so interesting, evoking so many memories of our childhood learning and reciting the nursery rhymes.

It would be lovely if we could invite Susan back to take us through ‘part two’ expressed by many in the audience perhaps next Autumn or Spring 2020.

Susan Bailes speaking
Lorraine Neal presenting Susan with flowers

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.

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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Viv McLean
Viv McLean
Viv McLean
Viv McLean

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.