Laleham Village Fair - Saturday 2nd July 2016!
Thanks to all who attended the Laleham Village Fair on Saturday 2nd July on the Lucan Recreation Ground.

We danced around the puddles and stuffed ourselves with buns and ice cream and the event was a fabulous success, despite a number of gazebo-lifting gusts and a few, hearty downpours...

Huge thanks go to our wonderful local celebrity Nina Wadia who braved the worst of the weather to present her opening speech.

We absolutely LOVED the Dream Catchers Stage School for an uplifting display of modern dance and the Chris Dunne Country and Western Band for providing the atmosphere. We are grateful to all of the very generous businesses and individuals who donated Raffle prizes - including a Robbie Williams gold disc! Wowzer!

As usual, some of the biggest stars of the afternoon were your dogs, (although I thought it unfair that humans could not enter the "catch a sausage" competition as I know I would have won...). Barney the Greyhound was best in show - what a stunner!

Next year I think we must be due a blazing hot summer day - but we are not complaining. Thanks to you it couldn't have been any better!

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New material for the Village Heritage Collection

At the recent Residents Association AGM, I asked ‘Where is Thames Cottage?’ Nobody was sure, although there was recognition of a few local family surnames associated with it.

For the Village Heritage Collection I want to gather something more personal, more emotionally tangible, which will complement the maps, the photos and the documents, (not forgetting the gas mask, the brick and the Codd bottles), that form the basis of Laleham’s local history collection.

For this I’m seeking and pestering for memories of Laleham from past or present residents. A few weeks before the AGM a friend sent me extracts from the memoirs of Muriel (Danny) Daniels.

Muriel had lived with her mother at Thames Cottage and … well, it’s written from a perspective that few today will have experienced and you’ll have to read it for yourself...

Dominic O'Malley - Heritage Centre Curator
  Laleham Players Panto 2016 - NEWS!

Would you like to act, sing, dance and have lots of fun in the process? Do you fancy yourself as 'Prince Charming' or 'Buttons' or 'Cinderella' or even an 'Ugly Sister'?

In winter 2016, the Laleham Players are staging “Cinderella Through the Magic Mirror”, their fourth sell-out, original pantomime, written by Laleham resident, Annie Roper.

The production will be directed for a second year running by Laleham local, Jo Bartlett, who is a drama consultant and Associate Teacher at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Auditions for “Cinderella Through the Magic Mirror” will be held during the last weekend of June. Evening and weekend rehearsals start in September and take place on Tuesdays, Fridays and some Sundays, at Laleham Village Hall, The Broadway, Laleham (Staines).

Performances of the show will run during week commencing 28th November 2016.

The Laleham Players is a diverse team of actors and technicians, several with professional theatrical and TV backgrounds. If you would like to join the group and experience ‘playing pantomime’ on or off-stage, please get in touch.

If you have any questions about the audition process or the production in general, including membership and assisting behind the scenes, please contact the show’s director, Jo Bartlett at or call 01784 440007

To find out more about the group, visit the Laleham Players website -

Or follow Laleham Players on social media: - Twitter: - @LalehamPlayers Facebook: - or search for Laleham Players

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