Wednesday, 20 June 2012

A Celebration in Music - St Philip & St James - 23rd June

Cllr Elliott paddles for the Pride of Whitton

Alongside Whitton residents and members of the Whitton Lions Rugby Club Councillor Gareth Elliott took part on the Twickenham Alive Dragon Boat Race. In a boat suitable named The Pride of Whitton we battled against three other boats to a humble fourth place (out of four).

Of course it is the taking part that counts and it was a great day in celebration of the Jubilee and once again is a shining example of the London Borough of Richmond’s community spirit. With hundreds of people coming out to watch the event was great fun and I was very honoured to be part of it. However, I think I have some rowing practive to put in if I am to join again as I think I was a lot wetter than I should have been. Oh well – well done to everyone.

Special note needs to go the honour of having in our team the local friendly bar man, Jacob, from the Prince Albert who put in a sterling performance.

REWA Happy Hour Fun Day

 On Sunday 10th June I was honoured to be invited to REWA’s Happy Hour family event. It was a fantastic coming together of a diverse array of people and children and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with everyone. I was even give the honour of presenting the trophy for the best clay statue.

REWA is a fantastic organisation and provides a valuable service in the London Borough of Richmond. REWA was established in June 1998 to empower ethnic women living in LBRuT and encourage isolated housebound women to socialise and to interact with other people from all backgrounds. As in the past this may have been a problem due to factors such as language barriers and cultural differences. Their aim is to provide a friendly environment to improve social conditions and life for women who have need of such assistance.

For further information on REWA please follow this link:

Royal attendance at Derwent Road Street Party

Well, not quite a Royal attendance but the Royal Family were certainly there in spirit. Following on from last year’s Royal Wedding the residents of Derwent Road once again came out in force displaying fantastic community spirit, even in the face of erratic weather conditions.

I was of course in attendance as a fellow Derwentonian and much thanks must go to my wife for organising the day and to my neighbours for making the day so much fun.
After the Royal cutting of the Union Jack cake the street held a table football tournament. At one point the football table had to moved under cover (the closing of the Wembley Roof) due to what can only be explained as an English Monsoon. Battling through the weather the final was held in dry conditions and I am delighted to say that my neighbour Bob and I won.

I look forward to the street coming out again for the next event. Hopefully though it will be dry next time.