The Twickenham Times was founded as a local online newspaper for and by local people to help keep local democracy alive in Twickenham and the surrounding towns. A place where local people can have their letters published, have their say and where their articles can be published online.
In 1965 the Municipal Borough of Twickenham joined with Richmond becoming the London Borough of Richmond. The River Thames divides Twickenham and Richmond and their surrounding towns. Today the political power resides with councillors on the Richmond side of the river and people in Twickenham and the surrounding “villages” want to make sure their views are known.
In November 2016 it was becoming more and more obvious that “local” news in Twickenham needed an outlet. A few years ago The Informer closed causing concern that there was no longer a choice of newspapers. At this time people spoke about producing a newspaper to take its place.
The only commercial newspaper in the borough is The Richmond and Twickenham Times which covers the towns on both sides of the River Thames.
The Richmond and Twickenham Times has been in existence since 1873. From 1896 until 2001 the newspaper was owned by the Dimbleby family and was sold to Newsquest in 2001. At the end of last year The Richmond and Twickenham Times Ltd was dissolved. The newspaper is part of the Newsquest Media Group which is a Gannet company.
Since the contributors to the community online newspaper are on the Twickenham side of the river Twickenham was obviously chosen as part of the name - it is where we live. There are a variety of newspaper titles which are used generally: News, Post, Gazette, Telegraph, Tribune, Herald, Times, etc. There are many newspapers which are called “the Times”: The New York Times and The Sunday Times to name just two. The use of Twickenham Times seemed simple and unobtrusive. However, there was an objection to the name of our community newspaper so we changed it to The Twickenham Tribune.
The community newspaper aims to allow local people the opportunity to showcase Twickenham, a very special area on the outskirts of London. Not just the home of rugby and ice skating but the place where many of the legends of popular music played in their early years; a town with an intriguing history, where London’s literati of the eighteenth century, such as Pope and Walpole, escaped to riverside homes. Twickenham and the surrounding “villages” need a voice to keep the special character and unique charm of this side of the river.