A Welcome from the Trust
The Twickenham Riverside Trust was founded in 2011 with the primary purpose of preserving, protecting and improving for the benefit of the public, the riverside and its environs in Twickenham, and other areas as the Trustees might decide.
The Trust had emerged following a extensive campaign by local residents (including in a petition of over 8,500 signatures presented to Downing Street) to protect and preserve the public open space on Twickenham’s riverside.
We trustees are an eclectic group of Twickenham residents - from different backgrounds and with different interests, but all with a shared love of Twickenham's riverside.
To date, much of work of the Trust has been focused on has been on the riverside Public Open Space called the Diamond Jubilee Gardens, which the Trust holds on a 125-year lease. The then Leader of the Council stated that this lease had been granted to the Trust “in perpetuity for the people, so that never again can any other Council come forward with a plan to sell [the Gardens] off to a developer”.
The Gardens are situated on what was the swimming pool part of the larger site of the Twickenham Baths, some buildings of which remain derelict to this day.
We believe that the wider area of Twickenham Riverside can help our town become an even more vibrant community whose use and enjoyment of the river can improve our physical and mental health and improve our town.
If you have any thoughts on preserving, protecting and improving the Riverside at Twickenham for the public, or you would like to help us with fundraising or organising events on and around the Diamond Jubilee Gardens area, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
Chair of the Trust, on behalf of fellow Trustees
Our Charitable Objectives
To preserve, protect and improve, for the benefit of the public, the riverside and its environs at Twickenham in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, and such other areas as the Trustees may from time to time decide
To provide facilities there for public recreation and community activities
To advance the education of the public in the history and environment of the area
Each year, the Trust also publishes an Annual Report, which also includes a Trustees' Report.
See below for:
Annual Reports dating back to 2011-2012 are available at Companies House.
Diamond Jubilee Gardens
The land between the River Thames, King Street, Water Lane and Wharf Lane was purchased in 1924 by the Twickenham Urban District Council with the sanction of, and a loan from, the Ministry of Health. This was for the purpose of providing public walks and pleasure grounds. Richmond House, which was on part of the site, was demolished in 1928 and some land was sold for commercial properties in 1929. In 1937 the King Street Parade shops and flats, with a service road at the rear, were built.
An open air swimming pool was opened in 1935 for the Silver Jubilee of George V. It was closed for repairs in 1981 and never reopened. The pool site lay derelict until 2005 when the Jubilee Gardens, which included a café and playground, was built on part of the site.
On 24th June 2012 the Jubilee Gardens, now renamed the Diamond Jubilee Gardens, was opened to the public by HRH Princess Alexandra at an event organised by the Twickenham Riverside Trust and Richmond Council and sponsored by the Rugby Football Union.
The Diamond Jubilee Gardens is the outcome of over 25 years of campaigning by a coalition of local groups to ensure that this riverside location was reinstated as a public open space for the whole community.
The Gardens have a popular children's playground, a café serving light refreshments, two boules courts where tuition can be arranged, and plenty of seating. There is entertainment too, with a variety of events scheduled throughout the year.
Former chief executive of the UK shipping industry’s trade association, with extensive experience of national and international policy-making and government relations, Mark is more recently the co-owner of a small family artisan chocolate business, including exporting to Switzerland. Locally, he is former Chair of the ETNA Community Centre and of the St Margarets Fair.
Works with the world's largest consulting firm, specialising in outsourcing services and project management. Ted is also a keen musician who enjoys organising performances and events in the Diamond Jubilee Gardens.
Executive Director of Digital, Marketing and Communications at Sport England, Ali leads teams which deliver campaigns like This Girl Can and is heavily involved in work that helps keep people involved in sport and physical activity. Ali has worked in communications across government, including as a spokesperson for the Prime Minister, as well as with organisations such as the BBC. She started her career as a journalist in Ireland.
With a degree in Journalism and an MA in Investigative Journalism, Janine is particularly interested in open democracy and is currently undertaking a PhD in Public History at St Mary’s University. She also is committed to raising awareness of environmental issues and has been involved in fundraising for local charities. She enjoys being active on and around the river with her young family.
Celia Holman (Secretary)
A former children’s book publisher and television producer, Celia has been active in the voluntary sector for the past 15 years in London and New York, to include fundraising and event planning. A keen local historian, Celia is a member of several local societies, and is a volunteer at the Eel Pie Island Museum in central Twickenham.
Luke Montgomery-Smith (Chair)
Luke has organised a wide range of events from immersive cinema shows in London to a festival in the Sahara desert. Currently co-founder and co-CEO of Malhemy Ltd building a portfolio of forward thinking food and drink brands, Luke loves messing about in boats and would love to help get more people out enjoying the river.
Currently undertaking a PhD at UCL's Institute of Education, Kasia was most recently EMEIA Brand, Marketing and Communications Lead at EY, having started off in law. Competent in six languages, three of which she speaks fluently, she is a former director of the London Rollergirls, and is a current Governor of Meadlands Primary School. Encouraging enjoyment and use of Twickenham riverside is close to her and her young family's heart.
In his working life a commercial property lawyer, predominantly acting on behalf of an affordable housing charity, Jonathan has lived in Twickenham for over 30 years. In his spare time, he enjoys reading local history books and listening to music, and in particular attending live performances. He is keen to see Twickenham past and present shared with as many people and in as many different ways as possible.
A Voluntary Sector Partnerships Manager at Richmond Council, Melissa leads on community and voluntary sector partnerships and a number of grant-making programmes. She is the commissioner for both Citizens Advice Richmond and Richmond Council for Voluntary Services and has previously held Grant Management and Fundraising positions at a number of national and local UK charities. She has also been a resident of the borough for many years.