The Friends of Radnor Gardens (FoRG) is a registered charity – No.1022565. Its objects are:
- to work closely with the London Borough of Richmond to provide or assist in the provision of restoration work and improvements to Radnor Gardens, Twickenham and
- to provide or assist in the provision of recreation and other leisure-time occupations in Radnor Gardens for the inhabitants of the Borough to improve their conditions of life.
FoRG consists of a membership of Friends facilitated by a Committee. At January 2017, membership stood at 51.
Committee members are elected at an Annual General Meeting held each Spring. The Committee meets four or five times a year. The Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer meet informally as Officers between meetings.
At September 2017, the Committee Members were: -
Cllr Clare Head (Chairman)
Rosemary Melling (Secretary)
Peter Ruygrok (Acting Treasurer)
Jacqui Coles (Treasurer)
James Hayes (representative of Strawberry Hill Bowling Club)
Marcus Clackson and Michael Farenden (managers of the cafe in the Gardens) also attend meetings.
To become a Friend
To become a Friend, applicants complete a form stating that they support the objectives of the organisation. New members are always welcome. Currently, no subscription is required; however, donations are always welcome. Forms are available from the Friends of Radnor Gardens.
Over many years, FoRG raised monies from special events such as Fundays and music festivals. However, park regulations have changed and it is not so easy to do this. So our main areas of fundraising are Quizzes.
Our next quiz, which will be a silent quiz (more of this later), will be in the New Year in the Emmanuel Centre - a beautiful purpose built hall attached to St James' Church in Popes Grove. Teams can be of 4 to 6 people, so please make up a table of friends. Questions will be put on the table so that Teams can mull over their answers. A hot meal will be served and one bottle of wine per 2 people will be included in the entry fee of only £15 per person. We're hoping to have a musical entertainer and if you want you can join in! Watch this space...
Our charity also relies on donations from FoRG members, local residents and well-wishers. In the recent past we used these monies to contribute towards the toilet facility and improvements to the Bowls Club. In 2016, we contributed to the renovation costs of the cafe and in 2017 we expect to contribute significant funds towards the cafe extension and an information board about the history of the Gardens.
Can we therefore ask you to donate, either by standing order on an annual basis or a one-off sum?
Our bank details are as follows :-
Natwest bank, Twickenham branch
Sort code 60-22-03
A/c number 62504258
A/c name Friends of Radnor Gardens
Alternatively please contact our Treasurer to discuss means of payment to our charity.
FoRG holds a licence for the running of the cafe and oversees its management. It works closely with Council officers on the improvement of the gardens. Recently, for example, it supported the consultation which resulted in new equipment for the playground. It has developed and part-funded an information board which was installed in early Summer 2017.
A small group walks round the Gardens with a Council Officer four times a year to monitor the state of the shrubs, benches and paths and discuss new possibilities. FoRG has submitted a Vision Plan to the Council, covering the years 2017-2020.