The Stoop is getting ready for back to back home matches against Bath Rugby and Worcester Warriors on Friday 11th March and Saturday 19th March and both matches are shaping up to be fiercely contested games.
The match against Bath Rugby on Friday 11th March (kick-off 19:45) offers a brilliant way to kick start the weekend. Head to The Stoop after work from gates opening at 5:45 and soak up the pre-match atmosphere in one of the public bars. Challenge friends to a game of ‘Quins Pong’ before the game and the kicking competition at half-time where instant prizes can be won. Post-match head to the King’s Bar where The Confidentials will be playing and as last orders are called, make your way back into Teddington to continue your evening’s entertainment!
On Saturday 19th March, The Stoop opens its doors to welcome Worcester Warriors and the families amongst us will be delighted for the return of the Saturday fixture. This match provides the perfect day out for adults and children of all ages. You can take each other on at the aerobics and agility challenges run by Nuffield Gym and the little’uns can enjoy the Mighty Quins Village pre-match. After the game, continue your afternoon in the King’s Bar where the Melody Fakers will continue the entertainment.
As we approach the business end of the season, these final matches are proving critical for all sides but in particular Harlequins who will be pushing for a top four finish. Make sure your’re there to bring the colour to The Stoop and get behind your local side.
Tickets for Harlequins v Bath Rugby start at £12 for juniors and £28 for adults. Harlequins v Worcester Warriors tickets can be purchased by Teddington Town readers using a 20% discount code from £23.14 for adults and £9.60 for juniors. Visit Visit tickets.quins.co.uk and quote QUINSVWORCESTER at check out.
Happy Friday everybody. It’s that time again, where we pick our favourite photo of different parts of Teddington Town from Twitter and post it out here. Thank you to everybody who Tweeted us this week.
Why not give it a go yourself? Either tag us in at or simply post the hashtag #TeddingtonPhotos.
Here’s the top 5 from this week!
#5 – A pair of love birds.
#4 – A photo which seems to go on forever. Mesmerising.
#3 – Posted to us late last week, this great shot of the Royal guest in Teddington.
#2 – This beautiful Stag shot cannot be rivalled by many. Glorious.
#1 – An eerie and misty sunrise at Teddington Lock. Amazing shot.
This Sunday, 28th February, sees TCC host their first game of the season – the ‘February Fools’ Celebrity Cricket Match in aid of the David Adams Leukaemia Appeal Fund, a local charity based in Twickenham and raising funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
The match will start at 1pm, with Max Rushden’s XI taking on Chris Tarrant’s XI, and will be a T20 game. Other celebrities taking part include ex-footballer Paul Merson, ‘Nasty’ Nick Cotton from Eastenders, TalkSport’s Andy Jacobs and Tom Oliver from Sky Sports.
The players have guaranteed to play “Whatever the Weather!” however there will be a number of other attractions too. Moidul’s of Teddington will be providing samosas and onion bhajis, the bar will be open, and there will be a number of stalls selling books, cakes, preserves, jewellery, handbags and stationery amongst other things. Try your hand at Bottle Hoopla and buy a ticket in the Grand Raffle – prizes include hotel stays, concert tickets, sunglasses, photo shoots and more.
Admission is free, and this is the first time TCC has hosted what they hope will become an annual event, so your support would be very welcome for the players and of course for the charity. If you can’t make it, you can follow the action on Twitter – @TeddingtonCC / @DavidAdamsFund
On Sunday 3rd August, Caroline Doughty Smith, founder of Do Events Limited tweeted Theo Paphitis during ‘Small Business Sunday’, an initiative set up by the Dragon’s Den star that runs weekly. Caroline’s tweet was chosen by the businessman who retweeted it to his nearly half a million twitter followers.
Caroline had tried for many weeks on a Sunday evening between 5pm and 7.30pm to catch Theo’s attention on Twitter – using 140 characters, always with the hashtag #SBS, but with no luck. Finally on Sunday 3rd August 2015 – to her disbelief Theo rewarded Caroline’s tenacity and retweeted the tweet to his 450,000+
followers! “@TheoPaphitis We are a home grown Event & Party planning company based in #Teddington #SBS”
As a result of the tweet, Do Events saw an instant boost in twitter followers and enquiries for Party & Event Planning and Styling. Do Events are also now profiled on www.theopaphitissbs.com, a website exclusive to Small Business Sunday winners.
Caroline Smith said, “I launched Do Events in September 2010, deciding to go it alone following a career in Events within TV and the Creative Industries. I have seen the company grow year on year and I have had so much support locally. This boost came at the right time and raised my profile across the twitter community in London, the South East and Nationally. Being part of SBS is brilliant opportunity. Last Friday Caroline
travelled to Birmingham ICC to attend the SBS Event 2016. A free to attend event held for SBS Winners. An inspirational Question Time Panel included UKTI Business Ambassador and Co-founder of Not on The High Street – Holly Tucker MBE, Mike Pickles from The Really Useful Box Company and Theo Paphitis. SBS Winners asked the panel questions from the floor, gaining insightful business tips and guidance on how to grow their companies. As Theo said – over half of all small businesses fail in their first 2 years – but the ones that succeed are the ones driven by people who believe in what they set out to achieve no matter what. Winning the #SBS Small Business Sunday Award reminded Founder Caroline why she had launched Do
Events in 2010 and made her realise just how far Do Events from Teddington had come.”
Caroline was then awarded wit her #SBS Winners Certificate by Theo Paphitis himself. Read more about Caroline’s #SBS Winners journey on her Blog: www.do-events.co.uk/do-events-sbs-winners/
Champion of small businesses, Theo Paphitis created Small Business Sunday, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter in 2010. Every Sunday between 5pm and 7:30pm small business are invited to tweet the multimillion businessman (@theopaphitis) with a description of their business, including the all-important
hashtag #SBS. All the tweets are reviewed by Theo and he chooses his six favourite to retweet on Monday at 8pm, making them a #SBS winner.
Find out more about Do Events
Teddington Theatre Club’s next production in the main auditorium of the Hampton Hill Theatre will be
BREAKING THE CODE
By Hugh Whitemore
based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Alan Hodges
Directed by Nigel Cole
Nigel can be contacted on 07764 354946 – 020 8412 0241
Cracking the enigma of Alan Turing
60 years after his death, Alan Turing is lauded as the genius that cracked the Enigma code and gave the world modern computing. Alive however, he was often seen as an oddball, who flouted society’s sexual norms. For this, the hero who’d helped save countless lives, paid the ultimate price. Breaking the Code is an inspiring journey through Turing’s brilliant mind and its total rejection of the ordinary.
Warning: This play contains explicit sexual references
*Special Event – Post-show discussion with director Nigel Cole on Sunday 13 March. This special event is free for ticket holders of that day’s performance.
Playing dates: Sunday 13th March to Saturday 19th March
Performance times: Sunday 4pm, weekdays 7.45pm
Tickets: £12.00 & £14.00
Box Office: Telephone: 0845 838 7529 (10am – 8pm)
It’s that time of the week where every Friday we pick our favourite photo of different parts of Teddington from Twitter and post it out here. We saw some great interest in our first blog last Friday and are excited to post our favourites from this week.
Why not give it a go yourself? Either tag us in at or simply post the hashtag #TeddingtonPhotos. We will pick our 5 favourites from the week and post out via social media and also on our weekly ‘Photo of the Week’ blog. We’ll also ensure you’re tagged in.
Thank you to everybody who tweeted us or posted the hashtag #TeddingtonPhotos. Without further ado here’s our top 5 from this week!
#5 – A dust of snow over at Bushy Park.
#4 – We loved this delicate shot from our local Baptist minister.
#3 – A frosty this morning in Bushy Park.
#2 – A fantastically detailed and unique double shot.
#1 – And the winner this week, this absolutely glorious effort. Stag of the day? Stag of the year!
Royalty came to Teddington on Wednesday 17th February 2016 as Princess Anne opened the newly refurbished stables at Park Lane Stables.
Her Royal Highness watched a riding demonstration in Bushy Park by Riding for the Disabled before heading on to see the newly renovated stables at 11:45am. Princess Anne is known for her love of horses having previously entered the Olympic Games and is a European medal holder herself. All were invited along to Bushy Park or the stables to see the royal visit.
The Fun Factory and Teddington Essentials provided flags to wave to mark the royal occasion.
The crowds and the ponies were ready and waiting!
Princess Anne was shown around by Natalie from Park Lane Stables.
@Teddington_Town it was fantastic to see our Royal visitor walking through Teddington this morning pic.twitter.com/3YIDndnJCT
Quicker than you can say “More flag waving please!” Princess Anne was off to another royal engagement. What was a great turn out from Teddington locals – Princess Anne really looked to enjoy herself!
#HRHPrincessAnne looked like she really enjoyed her visit to formally open @ParkLaneStables today #Teddington pic.twitter.com/UuG5g2EKV2
Photo credit Alan Rolph
The plaque put in place. Photo credit Alan Rolph
Official video from the day including interviews with manager Natalie O’Rourke and MP Tania Mathias.
The opening by the Her Royal Highness Princess Anne also means that bookings for horse riding are now open! For more details on Park Lane Stables and to get in touch – visit their website.
Find out more about the Riding for the Disabled Association whom HRH Princess Anne is a patron of visit their website.