If you want to get more involved in the community, why not join one of these groups?

East Twickenham Neighbourhood Association

ETNA runs a neighbourhood centre in Rosslyn Road TW1, which is home to a wide range of activities including children’s groups, music and art groups, health and fitness classes, self-help groups and classes for older people. Have a look at their website http://www.etnacentre.org/ to see what's on.

East Twickenham Traders' Association

ETTA brings together local traders and businesses to promote East Twickenham Village as a good place to do business. If you want to join, please contact the Chair, Perminder Tamana at permindertamana@aol.com And if you want to know who the members of ETTA are, here's the list.

Friends of Cambridge Gardens

Cambridge Gardens is East Twickenham's Riverside: our local park and playground, overlooking Richmond Bridge. The far end of the Gardens meets the site of the former Richmond Ice Rink. You can find a map here. The Friends of Cambridge Gardens joined together in 2008 after a successful campaign to prevent part of the space being leased out commercially. Cambridge Gadens has since won a coveted 'Green Flag' acclaiming our work with the Council to produce a top-quality park. 

FoCG seeks to enhance the Gardens, protecting its beauty, plants and wildlife. We work in partnership with the Council to achieve improved horticulture, good maintenance and a place where people feel safe. We promote biodiversity to support birds, butterflies and bees, and are proud to be part of the riverain bats' super-highway.  We have now widened our scope to support Warren Gardens, the landscaped lawns running in front of the old Ice Rink, now the flats of Richmond Bridge Estates.

We also work to build a sense of togetherness, hoping that all sections of the community will come and enjoy the Gardens. We have play facilities for young children and an excellent cafe, which is friendly both to families and to other people of all ages, and also provides toilets on-site. First-rate professional coaching is available on the tennis courts. Our sizeable field attracts older children for ball games, fitness devotees, others who sit reflectively in the sunshine and a local band of highly responsible dog-walkers. We hold regular events to bring the community together: a Summer Fair or Picnic and our Singalonga Sants event in December.

Pursuing our wider interest in local history, we have researched the influence of the former grand Cambridge House, whose estate now houses the Gardens as well as local residential streets; and also the Ice Rink and the stars who trained there.

The more people come into the Gardens, the more we love it! Please come: admire how Richmond Council have transformed the infertile soil of our riverside walk into lovel flower-beds, or bring your children to see Santa at Christmas! We would welcome you too as a Friend of the Gardens, to support the work we do. And if you would like to become more involved, you would be warmly welcome to help us in any of our acitivities, from environmentalism to partying. The more people involved, the more fun it will be and all ideas are welcome. Contact us at focg.auth@gmail.com or call Helen Baker, the Chair, on 020 8891 0612.

Friends of Turner's House

The Friends of Turner’s House was set up in 2004 to support Professor Livermore in his aim to preserve for the nation the house that Turner designed, built and lived in. The Friends now support the aims of the Turner’s House Trust to restore and conserve Sandycombe Lodge. We arrange talks and visits to inform the Friends both about Turner the artist and about subjects connected with Turner – for example, printmaking; the work involved in designing a Turner exhibition; and the work of artists who were his contemporaries. For more information on what we do and how to join see the Trust's website here

Meadowside Freehold Association

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Morley and Alexandra Road Residents' Association

MARRA works to make our two streets better places to live, taking up issues like rubbish removal and car parking, as well as keeping everyone in touch with wider issues like local planning, through newsletters a few times a year. And we have pub nights, picnics and other social events! It's only £5 per household per year to join and we value your support. Watch out for MARRA events in the calendar of Events on this site.

To join, please contact MARRA committee members: Judy Parker on etwickpark@hotmail.com or Su Bonfanti on su@bonfanti.co.uk

Richmond Bridge Estate

The Richmond Bridge Estate is at the bottom of Cambridge Road on the north side and runs down to the tow-path and along to Clevedon road by the council tennis courts. It is a development of 226 flats and 34 townhouses whose construction began around 1996 featuring several gardens and views across the river. There are some 600 residents made up of both leasehold owners and rental tenants. The site is run by a committee of elected residents who also provide information to residents, potential residents, and other parties about the estate. As the estate is a community with shared facilities, it has established rules and regulations to ensure that everyone can enjoy them to the full. Further information can be found on www.richmondbridgeestate.co.uk

Twickenham Park Residents' Association

Membership of TPRA is open to anyone living in the area bounded by Richmond Road to the south, the river to the east, the A316 to the North and St Margaret's Road to the West. Have a look at the map on their website if you aren't sure where that is

http://www.twickenhampark.co.uk/

While you are looking at their website, why not check out the interesting photos of the area as it was in the 1920s? It's only £3 per household to join, so contact Diran Meghreblian, TPRA committee member, at diran@benmeg.com.

Vivienne Close Association

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Cambridge Park Bowls Club

You might have been there to vote in local and General Elections, but have you thought about actually playing at the Cambridge Park Bowls Club? Whatever your age, it’s a sport you can play all year round, the Club having both outdoor and indoor greens. There’s a car park, with free parking, but one of the delights of joining a really local club like this is that you can just stroll round there. They’ve got a licensed bar and a lively social programme. And they would love to welcome more members. If you don’t think bowling is for you, don’t forget that they have facilities for functions, catering for up to 200 people. With the bar, the parking and the delightful enclosed garden, it could be just the spot for your next summer party.

If you want more information about trying it out or about the facilities, have a look at their website or get in touch with the Chairman, David Bicknell, on 020 8607 9385 or davidtbicknell@aol.com 
 
Other members of the Village group
 
The group is also supported by
  • The Aleksander, our local pub on Richmond Road near Marble Hill Park
  • St Stephen's Church, opposite the pub
  • our local councillors, Susan Chappell (cllr.schappell@richmond.gov.uk), Benedict Dias (Cllr.BDias@richmond.gov.uk) and Helen Hill (Cllr.HHill@richmond.gov.uk), who are all at your service. You can find more information about them and how to contact them on the council website here.
  • the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Community Links team who make sure we know how the council can help our community.