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TEDDINGTON 800

A reflection on last year’s Teddington 800 events which celebrated 800 years of history in Teddington as written by Anne McTear in the latest edition of our Tidings newsletter.

Last year’s festival was truly wonderful for many reasons, the greatest being the way in which we partnered with the people and organisations of the town – not least the Teddington Society. At every one of the 25 events, and for every one of the six months, there was the most tremendous joining together in common purpose – whether to party at the ball, to learn at the lecture, to perform at the Review, to pray at the riverside or to perspire pushing the pram at the pram race! And we relished every minute of it.

For some people, Teddington 800 was about history and heritage, and keeping it alive and appreciated – and thanks to Paddy Ching, Ken Howe and others in the History Group, we were able to do that. For others, 800 was about being with friends and sharing passions with a much broader range of local people, in the hope that their lives might be enriched by it – and thanks to the Landmark, the NPL, Normansfield, the Lensbury, the sport and river clubs and the Traherne group, we were able to do that too.

For more still, and certainly for me, 800 was also about the central and supportive role of the church in its community, and the service it has offered for so long and will continue steadfastly to provide.

In truth, we’d hoped and aimed for the festival to be all of these things, and thanks to the contribution of 30 organisations, 12 steering group members (including, of course, the dynamic Sheena Harold) and 350 additional volunteers from the town, that hope came true. We just can’t thank everyone enough!

So now, what will Teddington 801 hold for St Mary’s? To find out, watch for our next exciting instalment coming to Tidings soon!

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