14. June 2019 - 18:30 till 21:00
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The Richmonds Medal | The Richmond Golf Club | Friday, 14. June 2019

Come and join us for a special  evening on Friday 14th June at Sudbrook to celebrate the award of the Richmonds Medal. Wine and cheese included. All proceeds of the evening will support the ongoing conservation work of the Thames Landscape Strategy. Numbers are strictly limited so early booking is encouraged. 
A delegation of 20 VIP’s from Richmond Virginia will be coming across the 'pond' led by the Three Virginian Indian Chiefs: Chief Steve Adkins of the Chickahominy, Ken Adams of the Upper Mattaponi and Anne Richardson of the Rappahannock Tribes. 
The Arcadian Thames and the James River in Virginia are two of the world’s great historic, cultural and natural waterways. Both are centred on a settlement named Richmond and both share a view across a bend in the river that are near on identical. Remarkably, the Arcadian Thames and The James River have been connected for over 400 years, dating back to the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, Chief Powatan and Pocahontas. These links are now firmly cemented through the River Friends partnership. This partnership between the Thames Landscape Strategy together with its sister charity The Father Thames Trust with Scenic Virginia and The James River Park System has evolved into a strong Trans-Atlantic relationship that has made a real difference to the lives of local people and the riparian environment in both the Old and New Worlds. The friendship is well placed to capture a growing understanding in the need for cross-catchment liaison and a new impetus to see the conservation and regeneration of scenic landscapes in both the UK and USA. 
Over the past 20-years, it has been a realisation of the similarities between the two rivers and the shared aspirations of the communities that live alongside them that has provided the inspiration for the partnership. The relationship was originally born from a civic twinning arrangement but wider relationships quickly developed through joint visits between many organisations, groups and individuals that have a stake in the Thames or James River landscape.  
Both Richmonds define their very character by being river communities. The Richmonds Medal is awarded on special anniversaries of the Thames Landscape Strategy or Scenic Virginia to individuals who have helped conserve one of the two rivers. In 2014 to mark the 20th anniversary of the TLS, Sir David Attenborough was the recipient of the first medal whilst in 2018 actor and conservationist Robert Duval was awarded the honour on Scenic Virginia’s 20th birthday. On both occasions the medal was awarded by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, Royal Patron of the Thames Landscape Strategy.
The third presentation of the Richmonds Medal will take place on 14th June to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Thames Landscape Strategy. The event will take place at Sudbrook House, now the Richmond Golf Club. The magnificent house was built by the Duke of Argyle who in the early 1700s invited a wealthy Virginian William Byrd II to stay at the house whilst studying in England. It was at Sudbrook House that William accompanied the Duke to the brow of Richmond Hill – at the time probably the most fashionable place in the whole country for any aspiring young gentleman to visit. Whilst admiring the panorama, William realised that the view was in fact identical to a view in his native Virginia across a bend in the James River. On his return, the wealthy landowner set about establishing a new city on the banks of the James below ‘his’ view. There was no question in his mind what to call the new settlement – Richmond Virginia was born, named after a shared view across a bend in the river.  
Further details to be announced.