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Let your child make a splash over the Half Term Holiday

Intensive swimming classes are taking place throughout the half term holiday. They're for children and young people of all ages at Richmond Council’s Feel Good Swim School.

The classes cater for children of all abilities and take place from Monday 13 to Friday 17 February at the Council’s Pools on the Park Centre at Old Deer Park in Richmond.

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Who you gonna call? Coldbusters

With the mercury levels plunging to below freezing. Richmond Council is reminding residents that grants for heating systems and insulation remain available.

Coldbusters is a Richmond Council scheme which offers residents, who may struggle financially to heat their homes, funding to do so.

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Volunteer with Age UK

Age UK Richmond upon Thames are currently looking for volunteers.

They are looking for people who have experience with giving information and advice, and those who enjoy DIY and socialising.

If you have a few hours a week to spare, and are passionate about the work that Age UK do. Then they would like to hear from you. A DBS check may be required for some roles.

For more information, contact Jackie on 020 8878 3451 or

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Feel the love at the Valentine Fayre in Church Street, Twickenham on Saturday 11 February

The Church Street Association welcomes you to join in the celebrations and come along to the Valentine Fayre.

There will be stalls with all kinds of gifts, cakes, street food and also live entertainment.

There may also be a gift from the Saint Valentine of Church Street!

This event runs from midday until 6pm.

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Attend a free gig against Climate Change in East Sheen

Come and hear original songs from talented singer and songwriter Lew Ajegbo.

There will also be a short talk on climate change from Friends of the Earth speaker Vicky Phillips.

This event takes place on Thursday 23 February from 7 to 11pm at Barnes Home Guard Club, 76a Richmond Park Road, East Sheen SW14 8LA.

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Photography Exhibition at Richmond Adult Community College

Mum of three, Julie, recently signed up to Richmond Adult Community College (RACC) to take part in a Photography course which she attends every Wednesday.

As part of this course, students were asked to display their work.

An exhibition of the photography course students work can be seen in RACC in the hallway of the college.

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Prolific flytipper faces prison

An environmental menace who ran an illegal waste management business by flytipping rubbish across the borough and surrounding area has been brought to justice.

Ryan Smith collected waste for payment and dodged disposal costs by flytipping rubbish he collected from commercial businesses in Twickenham, Staines and Redbridge in 2015.

Thanks to the dedicated work of Richmond Council’s enforcement team and help from Spelthorne Council officers. Mr. Smith from Staines pleaded guilty to a catalogue of offences at Guildford Crown Court last Monday.

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Former Chief Executive awarded Freedom of the Borough

Gillian Norton, former Chief Executive of Richmond Council received the highest honour the borough can award at a special Council meeting last night.

To mark Gillian's retirement and in recognition of her service to Richmond upon Thames, the Leader of the Council, Lord True and the Leader of the Opposition, Cllr Gareth Roberts, presented Mrs Norton with a Freedom of the Borough accolade.

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Richmond in Bloom Awards begin

The annual Richmond Borough in Bloom awards have begun after the first category, the schoolchildren’s floral art competition, opened earlier this week.

All Richmond borough school children can enter. The winning artwork will be used in publicity material for the gardening and floral display awards.

Entries may be submitted through schools, or can be sent directly to Achieving for Children. The closing date for entries is Tuesday 28 March.

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Feel fit in February with Age UK

Age UK Richmond upon Thames have announced their latest activities that will take place throughout February. Activities include hydrotherapy sessions, walking football, health walks and many more.

All activities require booking, for more information please call 020 8744 1965 or email

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The window into the future of Orleans House Gallery

Another rare find has been uncovered at Orleans House Gallery as the £3.6million restoration project reaches the half-way point.

An original 18th century window frame hidden away in the gallery’s octagon room has been unearthed this week as refurbishment works are underway.

No stranger to rare archaeological finds an 18th century brick drain was also discovered shortly after the restoration project began in July last year.

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Donate to the Barnes FiSH bus appeal

Accessible transport is one of the services which FiSH provide for elderly and vulnerable people who live in Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen.

One of the buses is now due for replacement - at a cost of £30,000.

The aim of the Barnes Community Association FiSH Bus Appeal is to raise the funds before the new bus arrives at the end of March.

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Fancy kick starting your weekend with a run and a coffee?

Why not take part in the Richmond parkrun?

This free 5k timed run takes place in Richmond Park on Saturday at 9am. All are welcome, but runners must ensure they register before their first run.

Come along and join in, whatever your pace. After completing the run, stroll along to Pembroke Lodge for your caffeine fix.

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Volunteers needed for Ham and Petersham SOS

Ham and Petersham SOS is a local charity that provides activities, outings and transport to local less mobile residents.

They are looking for volunteers to help provide these services.

If you drive and have an hour or two to spare, they would like to hear from you.

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Hammersmith Bridge closure

Hammersmith Bridge is closed from 7am on Saturday 11 February to 5am on Monday 20 February for essential maintenance.

During the works, motorists will be diverted via Chiswick Bridge and Putney Bridge.

Footpaths on the bridge will remain open to pedestrians. Cyclists will need to dismount and walk across, or use alternative routes.

For any enquiries on the repair works, contact Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s transport team at 

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SPEAR receives £1 million of government funding to help rough sleepers in SW London

SPEAR are delighted to announce this funding which will be awarded over the next two years to find new solutions to prevent homelessness.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Rough Sleeper grants awarded this to SPEAR.

It will enable SPEAR to increase its rough sleeping outreach and accommodation offering in the five selected SW London boroughs.

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Licence revoked for selling alcohol to vulnerable residents

A local Richmond off-licence has had its licence revoked for selling extra strong alcohol to vulnerable residents from a local homeless hostel.

At the Licensing Sub-Committee hearing on Monday 23 January, the premises licence for Kew Road Stores in Richmond was revoked.

This follows an investigation by Richmond Police Licensing Team into allegations that the shop was selling extra strong lager to vulnerable residents of the nearby Spear Hostel. This resulted in an increase in anti-social behaviour in and around Richmond town centre.

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Community Nominations Fund - should be right up your street

The Community Roads and Pavements Fund is back this spring after Richmond Council committed another £500,000 to pay for the scheme.

Now in its sixth year and renamed the Community Nominations Fund, each village will receive £35k for pavement repairs in 2017/18.

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Juice and Jiva at Lululemon in Richmond this week

Lululemon are switching things up this month and welcoming 2017 with one of their favourite practices, Jivamukti Yoga.

Come along for a 60 minute dynamic class followed by healthy treats and freshly squeezed juices by neighbouring Coffeology.

This event takes place on Thursday 26 January from 7.30 to 9.30pm at their Richmond store. Booking is essential.

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Richmond Entrepreneurs Conference 2017

This year's Richmond Entrepreneurs Conference will take place on Thursday 23 February from 1 to 5.30pm at Richmond Adult Community College.

There will be inspirational speakers, a cutting-edge programme of professional Chamber business seminars and quality high net worth business networking with entrepreneurs at all stages of their business life. 

Tickets are essential to secure your place. 

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017