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The Friends of St Anne’s Executive Committee –  Thank you so much for your support during this difficult year.  We look forward to meeting up in 2021.

Wishing you all a  peaceful, quiet Christmas and dreaming of a healthy 2021 for all.

The award winning Kew Society Community Planting Project to enhance St Anne’s Churchyard & Open spaces of Kew

See details  here of this amazing project together with  photographs of  Volunteers from members of The Friends of St Anne’s and The Kew Society planting the spring bulbs and plants

The Kew Society Planting Plan to enhance Kew in association with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Richmond Council – [ DOWNLOAD the details here ]

Photos by Nora Dennehy of Kew Society PR. 

GDPR permissions received for the photos 


Report on The Friends of St Anne’s Virtual Zoom Webinar Talk 



We were delighted to welcome Dr David Bellingham – David is an art historian, author, and Programme Director for the master’s degree in Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. David has given three or so Lectures over the past 3 or 4 years – then of course live! Always attracting an excellent audience although St Anne’s parish hall can only hold 80 people maximum and we far exceeded that double in fact of 166 plus! Just shows some advantages of technology now in our ‘new normal’! 

When David and I discussed the lecture back in October he was planning  to introduce the exhibition at TATE BRITAIN  on Turner scheduled   to open on 28th October 2020  until 7th March 2021 which it did –  but sadly had to close a week later due to the second lockdown. 

However, that did not deter David having managed to view the exhibition in that short week it was open. This enabled him to deliver the most inspiring, captivating and so professionally researched lecture. 

From very enthusiastic comments we  received, the audience found it so  well presented informing us of many things we had no idea about Turner leaving many of us wanting to  see the movie ‘Mr Turner’ with Timothy Spall again. With David talking us through the layout of the Tate Britain Exhibition and how each room has been created, the theme of each room and so fascinating what other artists who  either  influenced Turner or had been influenced by Turner related about him. Fascinatingly many of his paintings had been compared to the Impressionists well before they came onto the market. (See note at end of report )

 I am sure many members of our audience will flock to the Exhibition when it can finally open again being so well informed. David brought everything so alive for us and seeing the local places where Turner was born and lived namely Brentford, Isleworth, Twickenham, and Syon Park -so familiar to those of us living around there. David is such an excellent and accomplished speaker – his students are extremely lucky to be taught by him.  

Further background to the Lecture 

Joseph Mallard William Turner (1775–1851) was born during the first generation of the Industrial Revolution and lived through the cultural periods of Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, and the Greek Revival.  He was very much a Londoner, being christened in St Paul’s, Covent Garden, dying in Cheyne Walk and buried in St Paul’s Cathedral.  He was also a great traveller, wandering in search of romantic subjects throughout England, Wales and Scotland and the continent as far afield as Switzerland and the South of Italy.  He knew Kew and its surrounding area well, living as a boy with his uncle in Brentford where he first started to make drawings, renting Ferry House on the river at Syon, and from 1811 designing a house in St Margaret’s Twickenham which is now open to visitors.  The lecture will focus on those drawings and paintings which appear to reference the modern world in which Turner lived, culminating in the dynamically-titled Rain, Steam and Speed: The Great Western Railway (1844) where nature and culture at their most extreme are painted on collision course.

Several members of the Audience asked questions at the end of the lecture  and one in particular about comparisons of some of Turner’s Paintings to the Impressionists prompted David to send us this summary below 

Dear Lorraine and Nigel, I asked my Sotheby’s Institute colleague whether there were any primary sources which indicated the influence of Turner on Impressionists and he found this letter (see below) by Pissarro (who of course lived on Kew Green) to his son.  So there is at least indirect evidence that when artists like Monet and Pissarro came to live in London they saw the NG Turners and admired them.  Whether their actual works were influenced is another matter not yet resolved.

You and Esther [cousin of Lucien, niece of Camille]have been to the National Gallery, you have seen the Turners, yet you don’t mention them. Can it be that the famous painting The Railway, The Burial of the Painter Wilkie, the astonishing Seascape, at the Kensington Museum, the View of Saint Mark in Venice, the little sketches retouched with watercolours of fish and fishing equipment, etc., did not impress you?”

Letter to Lucien, 20 February 1883. It’s actually the second letter after Lucien immigrates to London. And it comes over 10 years after Camille lived there, so I think it’s fair to say the works made a powerful impression on him.

Camille Pissarro, Letters to his Son Lucien, ed. John Rewald, trans. Lionel Abel (Boston: MFA, 2002), p. 22.


Report on The Friends of St Anne’s Virtual Zoom Webinar Talk 

‘The Great Exhibition of 1851 & the Establishment of the V&A Museum’

Wednesday 14th October 2020

by Anna Warrillow 

We were delighted to welcome Anna Warrillow  – Anna  is a very renowned Blue- Badge Guide, University Art History Lecturer & Ex- Curator at the V&A & well known to members of the Arts Society Richmond – as she is a regular Art Society Lecturer. Anna was originally booked to give her talk live in May 2020 but due to lockdown we had to postpone it.  We were so delighted to reschedule her Talk for October.

Having  watched  the fascinating BBC Two six- part Documentary ‘Secrets of The Museum’  last Spring  –  we enjoyed hearing Anna  talk about how in 1851, in London’s Hyde Park, the world’s first international exhibition was held, to display the ‘works of industry of all nations.’  This was the high watermark of British economic power and might, as Britain in the mid-nineteenth century was the largest global manufacture, quite literally became the ‘workshop of the world.’

Anna  explained  how  the Great Exhibition transformed people’s views on design, manufacturing and technology and how the profits of the Exhibition went on to create one of the most famous cultural quarters in London, including the foundation of the South Kensington Museum, today called the Victoria & Albert Museum,

Anna delivered a captivating, inspiring and interesting lecture – very beautifully illustrated giving us such a ‘tour’ and insight into the building and contents of the V&A. We could not wait to get back to visit. 

Anna is an excellent and accomplished speaker in virtual lectures that we are now becoming so familiar with now in 2020. We received positive feedback from many members of the audience. 

Anna is the founder of Canvas & Stone ToursShe is open to all but she particularly specialises in couples, families, and multi-generational groups.


The Print will be on display from 


At the back of St Anne’s Church

Church Opening Times for Viewing 

SUNDAYS – 7.30 am to 12 noon 

MONDAY to FRIDAY – 10.00am to 11.00am 

Overall size of the print is 30’’ x 18 ½’’ that includes a 2’’ white border. Jack Russell will personalise the print with a message and signature 



TO VIEW: St Anne’s Church 

COLLECTION / POSTING:  All collections will be from the Cricket Club. We will inform you of the collection dates. If you would prefer it to be posted, there will be a postage charge. Please indicate your name, address & telephone number with your order.   

(Enquiries:  Kew Cricket Club 07973 384080)  

GICLEE PRINTS of ‘CRICKET AT KEW’ painting by Jack Russell

The Giclee prints produced by Jack Russell, former England international cricketer and wicket keeper, from his oil painting Cricket at Kew are now ready to order and to view.   Each print costs £250 and all proceeds will be shared between the Cricket Club and The Friends.  We advise you to place your order as soon as possible – full details are provided below with a link to a picture of the print.

Overall size of the Print will be 30” x 18 1/2”, this includes a 2” white border. Jack will personalise the print with a message and signature

TO ORDER: Email:  

TO PLACE A PLEDGE TO ORDER:  As there are a limited number of Giclee prints available (150 in total)  we would advise that you place a place a ‘pledge of interest’ using the email to Raj Patel above  and confirm your order on viewing. 

TO VIEW: St Anne’s Church & Kew Cricket Club will arrange viewings and let you know those dates. 

COLLECTION / POSTING:  All collections will be from the Cricket Club. We will inform you of the collection dates. If you would prefer it to be posted, there will be a postage charge. Please indicate your name, address & telephone number with your order.   

(Enquiries:  Kew Cricket Club – 07973 384080)