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Antoinette and the Chamber – Networking Event in Kingston

Another networking breakfast event with Kingston Chamber of Commerce. At the Antoinette Hotel in Kingston, they’re always fun and you meet some really interesting people, as you can see below. I take my camera and they’re too polite to tell me to bugger off. Well, usually!


“Every picture tells a story, make sure it’s the right one!”
Trevor Aston Photography and Video is based in Teddington, Richmond upon Thames in southwest London close Kingston, Twickenham and Surrey.

Official Opening of a Multinational’s International HQ in Richmond – PR Event Photography

I do like Americans, they’re so polite. Louis Berger is a $1 billion global professional services corporation based in Morristown, N.J., USA. Louis Berger ‘helps infrastructure and development clients solve their most complex challenges’. They build things. Big things like airports. They’ve established an international operations headquarters in Richmond upon Thames. As the starting bell rang on the Brexit boxing match, I hope they didn’t regret their choice of location. The staff attending the official opening was very multinational, I heard as much Spanish spoken as English. Thomas Topolski, President, Louis Berger International spoke about the company’s values – ‘At the core of everything we do is the promise to provide solutions that have a positive impact on society.’  The Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Councillor David Linnette spoke about how the local authority was desperate for the Louis Berger’s business rates. Everyone took his slightly uncomfortable speech very graciously, of course, they’re American.

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“Every picture tells a story, make sure it’s the right one!”
Trevor Aston Photography and Video is based in Teddington, Richmond upon Thames in southwest London close Kingston, Twickenham and Surrey.

Great Music – Live at the Park in Teddington

Music from a pure voice, a violin and a guitar – an unusaul, but exquisite sound was heard in The Park Hotel in Teddington, when Charlotte Andrew performed. Her beautiful voice and violin where accompanied by guitar in a programme of popular songs.

Breakfast Muffins in the Mayor’s Parlour – Business Event in Kingston

On the desk of the Mayor of Kingston upon Thames – books to makes sure he knows his place…

Kingston Chamber of Commerce’s latest networking breakfast event was in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall.  I had to go and have a look – just too tempting for a nosey person like me.  You always meet some interesting people at these well-attended events, and you find out about their many great business ideas!

Up the Red Carpet – Event Photography at the Rose

The Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames are a regular client of mine – I’m the photographer at many of their PR events. But, notwithstanding that I’m a great advocate of their work, both on stage and in the community. The shows I’ve seen have been at least good, and often fantastic. It’s a true community theatre, the building is regularly used for community events and they often cast members of their youth theatre in their plays.

The Rose Youth Awards is one of my favourite events, all the participants get dressed up to walk the red carpet into the theatre and attend the awards ceremony in the auditorium. They are all so excited and bubbling with energy, it’s quite infectious. I play the paparazzo, snapping away with the flash on the camera. Ciaran McConville hosts the ceremony, Director of Learning & Participation at the Rose while writer Jacqueline Wilson gives the awards. I’ve seen Jacqueline at the theatre several times; she’s fantastic with the youngsters, taking the time to talk with them about theatre and writing. She’s a real inspiration, and so is Ciaran. The youngsters absolutely adore him.

“Every picture tells a story, make sure it’s the right one!”
Trevor Aston Photography and Video is based in Teddington, Richmond upon Thames in southwest London close Kingston, Twickenham and Surrey.
 

New Hotel in Kingston and a Nice Place for a Networking Event

I love a nice hotel. There’s a charming, boutique establishment on a back-street in the Marias, Paris we’re very fond off. But there’s something about a big, grand hotel that’s rather wonderful. Kingston-upon-Thames is about to get one of those. The Doubletree by Hilton is opening soon, and Kingston Chamber of Commerce held a networking breakfast in the new hotel’s Sopwith Suite. Kingston’s aviation heritage has given a theme to the hotel, they’ve used the names and photographs of old Hawker aeroplanes. The purpose-built structure went up seven years ago, but was mothballed by the then owners. Under new owners, it’s been  finished it to a very high standard, king size beds, giant TVs and a carpet with a design based on an aerial view of Kingston. It’ll be a great place for a meeting over a coffee or a bite to eat. And I’m not just saying that because I got a free breakfast! And a chocolate muffin. And a pain au raisin. 

“Every picture tells a story, make sure it’s the right one!”
Trevor Aston Photography and Video is based in Teddington, Richmond upon Thames in southwest London close Kingston, Twickenham and Surrey.

Business Networking in St. Mary’s University – photography

Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill House, artistic licence moving the River Thames onto the back lawn!

St.Mary’s University is just up the road from where I live. It specialises to sport science and many of their students are themselves athletes. Part of their campus is in Strawberry Hill House, Britain’s finest example of Georgian Gothic Revival architecture, Strawberry Hill House was designed and created as a Gothic fantasy between 1747 and 1792 by Horace Walpole, historian, writer, collector and son of Britain’s first Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole.

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The University leased most of the dilapidated old mansion to a trust for renovation some years ago. After £9,000,000 of work the beautiful building was opened to the public in 2010. But the university kept a few beautiful rooms for their own use, known as the Waldegrave Suite. When the Head of the School of Sport Health and Applied Science, Prof. John Brewer spoke to a Chamber of Commerce, he used the hall and it’s features to illustrate just how far, high and fast ‘elite’ athletes hop, skip and jump. St.Mary’s students did incredibly well in the Rio Olympics. Prof Brewer explained very proudly that, had the University been a country, it would have been 25th on the medal table, with 3 golds, a silver and a bronze.

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Police Chief Superintendent Parm Sandhu, Borough Commander of Richmond, spoke at the meeting. Parm is currently one of the highest-ranking Asian women in policing in the UK. She is also the first in the history of the Met Police to hold the position of a Borough Commander.

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Prof. John Brewer, Head of the School of Sport Health and Applied Science

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Members of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce

The Mad Hatter’s Wedding? Photography for a Very Special Day

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A Mad-Hatters themed wedding? Not sure what to expect here! Well, it turned out to be a very individual celebration, at Hartsfield Manor, in Surrey. Louise and Leigh had help from friends and family in decorating the Victorian stately home for their wedding. Dozens of bits and bobs, eclectic and even eccentric, but a great stage for the wedding ceremony in a beautiful, light room, drinks in the 16 acre garden and grounds, then meal and a party. The bridal suite had a large dressing room where the bride and her maids were attended by hairdressing make-up and Prosecco. It was fun to photograph, and slightly embarrassing when I noticed there was a bra swinging from the Velcro fastener on my camera flash!

 

Thalidomiders – People to Look Up To

It can be truly uplifting when you spend time with people who have to overcome real challenges every day. I spent an afternoon with people damaged by the drug Thalidomide, they call themselves Thalidomiders. It’s not just that your own problems get put in perspective, but something more profound in the spirit and character that these people, have had to find in themselves. My afternoon with the Thalidomide Society was inspirational. Not a word I have cause to use very often.

The Society held it’s AGM in the morning with talks scheduled for the afternoon. I was engaged to photograph the afternoon talks and in particular Heidi Thomas, the Series Producer and writer of BBC TV’s ‘Call the Midwife’ with Stephen McGann, who plays Dr Patrick Turner. The series reached 1961 and tackled the still scandalous issue of Thalidomide damage to unborn babies.  The programme has been commended for it’s sensitive handling and powerful storyline. It seemed to me that Heidi and Stephen we’re glad to have the opportunity of explaining how and why they’d done it, and their audience – people who had and were still struggling – seemed enthralled. Most moving was seeing their reaction to baby Susan, the specially-made animatronic baby with vestigial arms.  Several people wept as they held her, one lady telling me that for the first time she could imagine how her mother must have felt when she was born, and her mother first held her.

It’s not known for sure how many babies were affected by thalidomide. Many miscarried, were still born or died soon after birth. Recently it’s been estimated that over 24,000 babies were born worldwide, 2000 in the UK. Experts estimate that those babies still-born and miscarried because of thalidomide would add a further 123,000 worldwide. Most horrific is the suggestion that these figures would be still greater if they included those babies born alive who became victims of state infanticide. These were never registered.

 

Trevor Aston Photography is based in Teddington, Richmond upon Thames in southwest London with easy access to and from central London and Surrey.

 

Beryl the Biker – Rose Theatre press night

Kingston’s Rose Theatre get me to photograph all their press night parties. The brief is to capture the celebrities and cast. A couple of recent productions have been directed by Trevor Nunn and consequently I have quite a lot of Trevor Nunn pictures. Possibly enough to start a photo agency, albeit rather specialised. Specifically, pictures of Trevor Nunn holding a glass of wine. He’s always very kind and patient when I point my lens at him, yet again.

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The cast of Kingston’s Rose Theatre production, ‘Beryl’. Lee Toomes, Samantha Power, Rebecca Ryan, Dominic Gately

Trevor Nunn did not direct ‘Beryl’ at the Rose, it was Rebecca Gatward. The play was written originally for radio by the fantastic actor, Maxine Peake. It tells the true story of a British world champion most people have never heard of. Beryl Burton was twice world road race champion and won the British National Championships thirteen times and claimed five pursuit gold medals in the World Track Championships between 1959 and 1966. I’m a cyclist and really enjoyed the production which saw the cast of four playing over a dozen parts each.

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Beryl Burton’s daughter, Denise Burton-Cole said: “We are thrilled as it’s an outstanding play and it’s great that more people will see it”.

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