What I completely love about living in Teddington is not the river or the park (totally fab of course), or the shops or the pubs (again I’m a big fan), or the schools, the churches, the swimming pool or the library (lucky to have all those), no, what really gets me is the sheer energy, creativity and enthusiasm of the people here. It’s the atmosphere of downright oomph or what my children like to call ‘The Teddosphere’!
Since the very first time we at St Mary with St Alban church mentioned the idea of a celebration to mark the Parish of Teddington turning 800, I and the organising team, have been met with a great big wave of that oomph, from both individuals and local organisations alike. The kind that says, ‘we can make a fun town sports day happen’, that says ‘a heritage and art exhibit – you can hold that here or ‘our school would love to help’ or I’m a historian I’ll help write it’, the kind that says, ‘borrow our lecture theatre / gardens / pitches / archives / photos / school band / flower arrangers / Guides & Scouts / boat house / clubhouse / Bishop (actually, we already kind of had one of those) / time / energy / commitment. The kind that says, ‘a Teddington 800 Ball – how bloomin’ brilliant, let’s do this!’
With all this support, it’s going to be a fab year getting Teddington together – having fun, learning, commemorating and celebrating. So much planning and organising is underway and it’s the perfect time to get involved with your ideas and skills.
If you love Teddington like I do and you want to be part of it’s 800th anniversary, (because let’s face it, it’s going to be a while ’til the 900th), then we want to hear from you – there are tons and tons of big things and little things you could do to help make something amazing happen here in 2017.
Have a think about some of these maybe:
Could you bake our ‘800 cake’ for the Teddington800 launch service in June?
Would you like to sponsor one of the Flower Festival displays in recognition of someone or of a special memory?
Can you contribute to our history exhibit or local memories board or the ‘Visions of Teddington’ art display?
Would you like to enter the town sports day – either the silly old fashioned family games or as a club team in the ‘Teddington Inter Sport Challenge’?
Could you devise a Teddington 800 quiz?
Could you sponsor the September Teddington800 ball?
Have you an acting / speaking / musical talent and could perform in the ‘Teddington Review’ play or at the Thomas Traherne poetry day in the Autumn?
Could you add something extra special to our River Blessing?
Could you help design our Children’s Summer history trail?
Could you put up a poster in your window or on your website for us?
We have wonderful organisers and will need lots of hands on doers – could you help on the day to setup or pack up or serve refreshments at one of the events?
…… or could you be the one to come up with the best idea ever that we haven’t thought of yet!
I do hope so – do get in touch! Lots more to tell you next month………
PS Thanks Teddington Soc, Landmark, NPL, TRFC, TCC, TTCC, TAFC, RNLI, Library and all our lovely volunteer team so far!