Hamptons and Teddington news

Free online support helps to make every contact count

The ‘Making Every Contact Count’ programme is our new online initiative that has been designed to help local groups, organisations or charities best help their clients or those they represent.

The courses cover a range of topics including addressing loneliness and isolation, accessing new technologies and supporting winter warmth.

These online courses are free and easy to access, with no pre-booking required!

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Mayor’s policing proposals must result in more frontline policing in Richmond!

Last week, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched a public consultation on plans to reduce the number of police front counters in London in order to put an additional £10 million – equivalent to the cost of 170 police constables - into frontline policing in London’s communities.

Locally, this will result in the closure of the Teddington and Richmond (Sovereign Gate) counters. However, the main 24 hour desk in Twickenham will be retained.

New Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Cllr Mark Boyle, met with local police to discuss the proposals. 

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Tea and bubbles with the Mayor

Over 40 guests, including fellow Mayors from across London, attended the new Mayor’s first charity event on Monday 24 July.

All enjoyed a special afternoon tea on the Terrace at York House and took part in a tour of the building, gardens and famous Naked Lady fountains with guides from the York House Society.

All the money raised will go to the Mayor’s nominated charities, which are Off the Record, Me Too and Co and Cavernoma Alliance UK.

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Be a young ‘Archive Explorer’ this summer

A five day course organised by the Local Studies Library and Archive, Archive Explorers is an adventure through the borough’s exciting past for 9 to 14 year olds.

From 25 to 29 July, youngsters are invited to join the Archive Explorers and become a detective, hunting for clues to uncover the secrets of the borough, and bringing them to life through a range of fun activities.

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Council welcomes schools funding announcement

This week the Government Education Secretary announced an additional £1.3bn for schools funding would be provided over the next two years.

Justine Greening MP also announced plans for a new national funding formula aimed at maintaining overall ‘real term’ per pupil funding for the next two years. This includes new minimum secondary school funding of £4,800 per student.

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Healthwatch Richmond Grassroots Engagement Fund

The Healthwatch Richmond Grassroots Engagement Fund is continuing for another year.

We are offering this opportunity to more organisations and groups to run fun and engaging one-off activities or events and put more people in contact with the NHS. If you've got an idea for activities or events that would be enjoyable to local people then apply now.

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Cancellation of CultScreen event - Friday 14 July

We are really sorry that we had to cancel the CultScreen cinema screening this week at York House. Due to an internal administration error, it wasn’t highlighted until too late that there was also a wedding booked at the same time. We agree that it isn’t good enough.

Yesterday we did meet with CultScreen to consider other options but unfortunately none of these were feasible for the organiser. We know that this is disappointing to all those who had tickets and full refunds are being arranged via CultScreen and ticket providers.

We have urgently reviewed our internal processes to ensure this does not happen again.


Former Leader awarded Freedom of the Borough

In recognition of Sir David Williams’ service to Richmond upon Thames, the Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Hodgins, and the Leader of the Opposition, Cllr Gareth Roberts, presented Sir David with a Freedom of the Borough accolade.

Sir David represented Ham and Petersham ward on the Council from 1974 to 2014, and was Leader from 1983 to 2001, and a Cabinet member for another five years.

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Joint children’s services company to welcome new member Council

Achieving for Children (AfC), the community interest company owned by Richmond and Kingston councils to deliver children's services for the boroughs, will be joined by another local authority – the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.


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Have your say on Hampton Wick parking controls

Residents living in in Hampton Wick can have their say on a Council consultation as part of a review of Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) X.

This review follows concerns from residents regarding congestion and access problems that have been occurring in the zone on Sundays when the current CPZ is not in operation.

If you want to see if you live in the impacted zone, or would like to have your say, view the consultation.

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Rain doesn’t stop WW1 commemoration dance

Despite the rain, residents turned out to view a number of pop-up-dance performances this weekend celebrating the history of the Belgian refugees who lived and worked in Richmond upon Thames during the First World War.

The performance was inspired by the unique stories of the Belgian refugees who, having been displaced from their country by invading German forces at the beginning of the First World War, eventually settled across East Twickenham and St Margarets.

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Have you booked your play beach sessions for this August?

Come and have fun at the beach with the team from Brilliant Play at Teddington Sports Centre.

Sessions will feature arts, crafts, games and more suitable for toddlers and upwards. They cost £2 per child and can be booked online.

To book, visit the link below and click 'Special events'.

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Please help us give trees a helping hand

We have recently planted a number of new street trees across the borough, and while these trees are being monitored and watered by our appointed tree contractor, they would greatly benefit from any extra watering that residents may be able to provide!

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Family Fun Day in aid of Grenfell Tower

A Family Fun Day is being held at Twickenham RFC from 12 noon to 10pm on Saturday 29 July 2017, to raise funds for all those affected by the tragic Grenfell Tower Fire.

The free event will include a huge range of activities and live performances throughout the day, as well as a a live DJ to really liven up the evening with a big party atmosphere!

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Dignity in Care deadline looms

The deadline for the local Dignity in Care Awards, which celebrate excellence across the care sector, is only days away – 28 July 2017.

The awards aim to promote and recognise the very best in care and support and promote dignity in care whatever the service provided. 

Make sure to submit your nomination before the deadline!

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Apply now to Film London’s short film schemes

London Calling and London Calling Plus provide a career-changing opportunity for new and emerging London-based filmmakers.

Applicants selected for the schemes will receive a comprehensive package of production funding, support and expert mentoring. They will also get the chance to have their film screened at the BFI London Film Festival and win industry prizes.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 25 July.

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Train to be a Home-Start volunteer

Are you a parent or grandparent, who could spare a few hours a week to help families with children under 5?

If so, local charity Home-Start Richmond can train you to support those having a difficult time, and you will have the opportunity to work towards NVQ level 1 or 2 accreditation.

The next volunteer course will be held at St Mary with St Alban Church Hall in Teddington, and runs for 7 weeks from Tuesday 19 September.

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Council urges private landlords to review fire safety rules

Private landlords and agents in the borough are urged to make sure they are aware of their legal fire safety responsibilities, in light of the tragic events that took place in Kensington.

Landlords who let accommodation have a responsibility to ensure that it is free from serious hazards and in good repair. 

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Screen on the Green 2017

On Monday 28 August from 6pm the Screen on the Green will return to Hampton village.

For the sixth year, independent traders and businesses in the area are funding the showing of a family film - to be announced soon.

Food and drink will be provided by local Hampton Hampton Village traders, and there will be something for everyone

The event is free, but donations are encouraged.

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New Council Leader now in post

Cllr Paul Hodgins is now the Leader of Richmond Council, following confirmation of his appointment at last night’s full Council meeting (4 July).

At the meeting, Lord True recommended Cllr Hodgins for the post, following his earlier announcement that he was stepping down from the Leadership position.

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Updated: 13 Apr 2017