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Check your route before you travel this Christmas

Planned works and service updates may affect your journey between 23 December 2017 and 1 January 2018.

There will be some key changes to TfL timetables over the Christmas period including:

  • Early finishes on some transport on Christmas Eve
  • No TfL services on Christmas Day
  • Free travel all evening on the TfL network on New Year's Eve

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Nominate an RHP customer for a Christmas Star award

As part of the Richmond Housing Partnership (RHP) ‘Christmas starts at home’ celebration, they want to know all about the heroes in their customers' lives.

RHP are asking customers to nominate the stars in their lives for a 'Christmas Star' award. There are 3 categories; Everyday Hero, Green Fingered Hero and Pay It Forward Hero.

The only rule is that the nominee has to be an RHP customer. Nominate them by Tweeting @rhp_uk or email your nomination to

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Local schools project brings breath of fresh air to pollution study

Pupils at three schools in the borough created posters to raise awareness about reducing pollution, encouraging parents to make conscious decisions about improving air quality around their schools.

They also mapped the air quality and looked for cleaner alternative routes to school as part of the project.

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Join Silver Days with Silverfit

Silverfit are running Silver Days in Richmond and Whitton. Meet at Whitton Community Centre on Wednesdays from 1.30pm and on Fridays from 2pm. After the activities, they stay in the centre for tea, coffee and a chat. 

Silverfit promote happier, healthier ageing through affordable physical activity, also helping combat social isolation.

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Find out what's happening with FiSH this week

FiSH Neighbourhood Care in Barnes have a range of activities taking place this week.

Activities include a coffee morning, a game of chess, a trip to Squires Garden Centre and bridge.

FiSH combats loneliness and social isolation in older and vulnerable people living in Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen.

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Children in Richmond benefit from book gift

To celebrate Bookstart’s 25th anniversary, the Library Service held a very special Tiny Teddies session at Twickenham Library with guests including the Bookstart Bear.

Bookstart is the world’s first national bookgifting programme. Every child in England is entitled to a free Bookstart pack at 0 to 12 months and 3 to 4 years. 

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Barnes teen wins national art award

12 year old Lottie, who has just started at Richmond Park Academy, has won the National Open Art Seaward Properties Chichester Art Award for Lost Memories.

Lottie, who has won £700 for her school’s art department, created the pen-drawing of a woman with Alzheimer’s.

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Students’ sustainable transport efforts recognised

East Sheen Primary won the Top School Award for the Southern Region, Barnes Primary was voted a School of Excellence for Cycling and Hampton Prep and Pre Prep voted a School of Excellence for pupil-led projects.

The TfL STARS Top Schools Awards ceremony was held at City Hall this week to recognise the hard work that the top schools have been putting into developing their travel plans. 

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Christmas at Hampton Hill URC Church on the High Street.

Christmas activities are still going ahead at the Hampton Hill 'church on High Street' despite the hoardings and all Christmas services will be on as usual. 

The rebuilding work is going well. The new christian community facility will be open for everyone in spring 2018, with a wonderful new stained glass window too!

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Have your say on Barnes and Mortlake conservation areas

Local residents are invited to have their say on plans to extend and create a number of new conservation areas in Barnes and Mortlake.

Conservation areas are special groups of buildings or areas designated for their architectural quality.

The consultation runs until 17 January 2018.

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Make a splash in 2018 at Teddington Pools

Pupil lessons at Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre are now open to book, with courses for both adults and children starting in January

Spaces are limited so please call us now on 020 3772 2999 or pop in to the centre for more information or to book.

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Dec 14
The Woodville Centre, Woodville Road, Ham, TW10 7QW
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Dec 15
York House, Richmond Road, Twickenham TW1 3AA
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1.30 to 3.30pm
Dec 19
Strawberry Hill House 268 Waldegrave Rd Twickenham TW1
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Dec 19
Barnes Green Centre Church Road Barnes SW13 9HE
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8 to 6pm
Dec 22
East Sheen Primary School SW14 8ED
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Cheer for Ruils with Starbucks #CheerForGood

Ruils has been nominated to take part in Starbucks Cheer for Good by customers and Starbucks Teddington meaning there’s an opportunity for them to be awarded up to £2,000.

Ruils is asking supporters in Richmond get behind them by ‘cheering’ for them on Twitter using the hashtag #CheerforGood and @Ruils until midnight on 20 December 2017.

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Local safeguarding board receives high praise from inspectors

The Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB), made up of local organisations who work with children, young people their families and carers, has been judged as ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

Inspectors found that the Board is meeting its statutory responsibilities. Members of the LCSB were praised for creating a collaborative and effective partnership with a culture of continuous learning and improvement.

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Keep your property safe this Christmas

Residents are being advised to keep their homes safe from burglaries this Christmas. 

We've put together some tips on how to keep your homes, sheds and valuables safe and secure.

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Kneller Hall concert raises money for Mayor’s charities

More than 150 people joined the Mayor for a night of festive music this week at Kneller Hall in support of the Mayor’s charities.

The concert, featuring the Band of the Royal Engineers, raised more than £3,600 for Off the Record, Me Too & Co and Cavernoma Alliance UK, who do great work in our community.

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Have your say about Old Deer Park, Richmond

We have been working with residents, businesses, community groups and organisations to help create planning guidelines for the Old Deer Park Conservation Area.

Representatives will be available to discuss the proposals at Pools on the Park from 9.30am to 1.30pm on Saturday 6 January and at Richmond Adult Community College from 4 to 8pm on Thursday 11 January.

Have your say in the online consultation by Monday 22 January.

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Local choir leader features in ITV Christmas Special

Local choir leader Seb Valentine will feature along with his Blue Light Symphony Orchestra in the ITV Christmas special, A Night for the Emergency Services, on Wednesday 20 December.

Ahead of his TV appearance, you can see Seb conducting the choir at the evening Christmas Concert this Sunday 10 December at St Mark’s Church Teddington.

Tickets are £10 (concessions £8, children free) on the door. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available during the interval.


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Third Heathrow runway ‘unbuildable’

The latest evidence which has been published as part of the Government’s revised National Policy Statement (NPS) fails to show how an expanded airport could meet air quality limits in an area where pollution levels are deteriorating.

This makes a third Heathrow runway unbuildable while expansion at Gatwick could go ahead without this risk.

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Consultation on draft Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Plan

The draft Neighbourhood Plan, which puts forward the Neighbourhood Forum’s long term vision for the local area, seeks to retain the area’s identity as a distinct and sustainable mixed residential community.

The consultation will run from Wednesday 6 December 2017 until Friday 26 January 2018.

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Cheer for ETNA Community Centre with Starbucks

This Christmas, ETNA Community Centre has been nominated to take part in Starbucks Cheer for Good by customers and Starbucks partners at the Twickenham branch.

If they win, there is an opportunity for ETNA to be awarded up to £2,000.

ETNA Community Centre is asking the local community to 'cheer' for them on Twitter using the hashtag #CheerforGood and @ETNACentre until midnight on Wednesday 20 December. 

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017